About 100 aged and middle aged women from Agubia in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state have recently protested naked to the Government House Gate, Abakaliki to attract government intervention over illegal arrest and detention of 9 of their children.
The mothers who protested naked to the gate of the Ebonyi State Government House over the arrest and detention of not less than 9 of their sons by security agents, alleging that they acted on the orders of a top state government official from the area.
The aged women who are between the ages of 60 and 90 years besieged the gate of Government House Abakaliki at noon alleging that there had been incessant arrest in the village, by security agents, adding that the latest was the arrest of two persons from the village in a wedding ceremony on Saturday in Abakaliki.
Recall that a bloody clash erupted between two rival groups over which group takes control of the motor park in the community, Agubia Motor Park.
The Agubia Motor Park is the Central Park where all the vehicles leaving and entering the community stop.
The bloody clash claimed the life of one Chinedu Nwali while many others were injured. Houses, cars and other valuable property worth millions of naira were also destroyed during the unfortunate incident.
The women who were seen crying uncontrollably disclosed that since the clash, peace had eluded the community while many of their young men still live in fear of apprehension.
One of the protesters, Mrs. Mercy Nwali who spoke on behalf of the women said the reason of the protest was to demand urgent and amicable resolution of the matter as their lives and that of their family members had been in danger.
She said, “What we demand is that all of them should come home so that we make peace. They shouldn’t be in town here and be terrorizing us in the village. We no longer sleep in our homes and we want government to intervene.”
The protesting women also called for the immediate release of their children who had been in detention since the incident took place.
Another aged woman, Mrs. Juliana Nwali, who gave the names of her children arrested as Messrs Igwe Nwali, Chikwendu Nwali and Chineme Nwali, vowed never to leave government gate until they were released to her.
Addressing the women, the State Commissioner for Internal Security and border Peace, Hon. Stanley Okoro Emegha, assured them of the readiness to government to address all their concerns, so that absolute peace would return to the area.
He said, “You know, you are our mothers. Our Governor was not happy to see you in this way and mood. So, whatever is the problem, I assure you it will be resolved not later than today.”
There was a mild drama during the protest as the women who were suspected to have trekked from their community to Abakaliki town refused to enter the vehicle provided by the state government to convey them back to their respective homes.
The women who had earlier rejected the sum of N50,000 given to them by the Commissioner to transport themselves home were seen trekking from the Government House Gate down to Afikpo road leading to Ikwo LGA.
Citizens’ Advocate gathered that the six persons were arrested for assaulting policemen who went to the area to effect an arrest in connection with the clash.