Ndigbo Lagos Condemns Attack in Aba, Calls For Thorough Investigation

Ndigbo Lagos Condemns Attack in Aba, Calls For Thorough Investigation

3rd June 2024, NewsOrient

Ndigbo Lagos, a top Igbo socio cultural group, has expressed deep shock and condemnation of the violent attack on a military checkpoint in Obikabia Junction, Aba, Abia State, on May 30, 2024.

A press statement signed by Major General Obi Abel Umahi (rtd), the President General and Chief Chuma Igwe, the Secretary General of the group dated 1st June 2024 reads:

“On May 30, 2024, unidentified gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in Obikabia Junction, near Aba in Abia State, Nigeria. The attack resulted in the death of five soldiers.

The incident caused tension in Aba, with the Abia State Government condemning the attack and the military vowing to apprehend the perpetrators.

This senseless act, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives, stands in stark contrast to the values cherished by Ndigbo – respect for law and order, and the sanctity of human life.

Anatomy of the Attack and Its Effects

Reports suggest that unidentified gunmen targeted the military checkpoint, leading to a shootout that resulted in the death of five soldiers. The attackers also set military vehicles ablaze. The motive behind the attack remains unclear, but it has caused significant anxiety and unease within the Aba community.

The incident has a rippling effect, not just in Abia State but across the South Eastern region. It has the potential to disrupt the fragile peace and security efforts underway in the region. Furthermore, it can discourage economic activities and stoke tensions between the military and civilians.

Call to Action

Ndigbo Lagos extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers who died in the line of duty. We pray for their strength during this difficult time.

We urge the authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice. We also call for calm amidst heightened emotions and urge residents of Aba and Abia State to cooperate with law enforcement officials.

The organisation further implores all parties to embrace peace and dialogue. Violence never resolves conflict; it only serves to create more division and suffering.

Let us work together to uphold peace and security in our communities.

Context and Solutions

The attack in Aba, unfortunately, is not an isolated event. The Southeast has been grappling with security challenges in recent times, including those posed by separatist groups and criminal elements. 

This deteriorating situation not only threatens the safety and well-being of residents but also hinders economic development in the region.

To arrest this decline, a multi-pronged approach is necessary. Ndigbo Lagos urge the government to:

Investigate the Aba attack thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to justice. Impunity breeds further violence.

Increase collaboration between security agencies and community leaders. Open communication and intelligence sharing are crucial.

Address the root causes of youth restiveness in the region. Lack of opportunity and social injustice can create fertile ground for extremism.
Invest in economic development initiatives in the Southeast. A thriving economy offers a pathway away from violence.

Ndigbo Lagos calls on all stakeholders to work together to restore peace and security in the Southeast. We urge our youths to embrace dialogue and non-violent means of resolving grievances. A secure and prosperous Southeast benefits all Nigerians.”

~ NewsOrient