The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, has shown that apart from the seven wedding guests who were shot dead by Ebubeagu militia at Otulu, Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday, an additional five others were still missing, while two persons are hospitalized due to bullet injuries.
According to a statement signed by the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Emeka Umeagbalasi, and other principal officers of the group, three persons were arrested by the Ebubeagu militia.
The group accused the Governor of the state, Hope Uzodimma of destroying innocent lives, adding that 90% of those who had been killed, maimed, or arrested in the state were innocent and defenseless citizens of Nigeria.
A part of the statement read: “Following a further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the massacre and injuring of 14 wedding reception returnees from Otulu Community in Oru West Local Government Area in Imo State, shot at close range and massacred or injured at the Ishieke Junction in neighboring Awomama in Oru East Local Government Area of the State, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), Nigeria’s top research and investigative human rights and democracy advocacy Organization, having earlier reported based on initial findings at its disposal; hereby wishes to give full details into the animalistic and cruel barbarous act as follows:
“That the mass shooting and unfortunate incident lasted up to 1 am and more into next day being Monday, 18th July 2022 and in the morning of the same day. The President General and several others organized a search party which included an Army patrol team, a Divisional Police Officer, and others.
“That after arriving at the scene, seven dead bodies were recovered and on further traces, five others had gone missing, two terminally shot and injured and later hospitalized and three others arrested and taken to Ebubeagu Militia i.e., the Imo State Security Service at their local headquarters at Omuma (Gov Hope Uzodimma’s hometown/headquarters of the Oru West Local Government Area).”