A coalition of opposition and human rights groups In Ebonyi state says the state government had abused the people rights in an attempt to prevent them from voting in the state’s general election in 2023.
At a joint news conference in Enugu, their spokesman, Sampson Oko- Nweke alleged that agents of the Ebonyi State government were behind the reported cases of abductions, contrived trials, and infringements on the rights of residents who are members of opposition political parties.
Oko- Nweke called on the National Security Adviser, the Inspector-General of Police and Department of State Security to quickly take actions on the matter and reverse the executive order allegedly targeting the campaigns of the opposition.
The human right group had given the state government a 24- hour ultimatum to rescind the controversial executive order allegedly targeted at opposition Parties.
The groups include; the Human Rights Defenders, HURIDE, Democratic Rights Ambassadors of Nigeria, DRAN; Ebonyi First Vanguard and the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Ebonyi state chapter.
Meanwhile when Radio Nigeria contacted the Ebonyi state commissioner for information Mr. Uchenna Orji, he denied the allegations, saying that Ebonyi is now the safest part of the South-East.
The coalition listed the alleged cases of abuse to include; the abductions and persecution of a former federal legislator and Labour Party Senatorial candidate, Mr. Linus Okorie, who is major opponent of Governor David Umahi in the 2023 Ebonyi South senatorial district contest, The twin deadly attacks on the campaign train of APGA governorship candidate, Professor Benard Odoha and his supporters, the abduction of a former aide of the governor and a member of PDP, Mr. Uzoma Agwu , the abduction of a young social media influencer, Ubadimma Nome amongst others.
Mr. Orji said the executive order was to avert breakdown of law and order and to prevent surprise terrorist attacks on vulnerable places such as schools and parks.
Writing by Victorson Agbenson, Editing by Marian Benjamin and Annabel Nwachukwu