On Wednesday, the House of Representatives announced that it would initiate an investigation into a serious allegation of Nigerians being brutally murdered by soldiers in Enugu State. This decision was made after a member named Cyriacus Umeha presented a motion urging the punishment of those responsible.
Umeha claimed that on June 29, 2023, licensed local vigilantes, who were part of the Enugu State Neighbourhood Security Guards, were fatally shot by soldiers from the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division in Enugu. The incident occurred in Eke, located in the Udi Local Government Area of the state, while the vigilantes responded to a distress call regarding banditry and kidnapping.
Despite the vigilantes wearing their recognized security uniforms and presenting their identification cards, the soldiers alleged that they and even some bystanders were the actual kidnappers.
In response, the House called upon the Federal Government to revamp the security structure of the entire state, aligning with President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s approach, to ensure the lawful protection of lives and properties. Additionally, they demanded compensation for the families of the individuals who tragically lost their lives in the incident.