COALITION OF SOUTH EAST YOUTH LEADERS PRESS RELEASE ON SOLDIER KILLING OF TRICYCLIST


PRESS STATEMENTS IN FULL


COALITION OF SOUTH EAST YOUTH LEADERS (COSEYL) PRESS RELEASE
We condemn in strongest terms the gruesome murder of Mr. Chimaobi Nwaogu Uzoukwa who was trailed and killed at his father’s compound in Amanze Umuokereke in Obingwa local government area of Abia state by a soldier attached to a military roadblock/check point at Afo Di Mkpa Ohanze and Ukpakiri for refusing to pay #100 daily extortion to the soldier as commercial motorcyclist in the area . The killing of this calm, gentle and respectful young man married with children is barbaric and wicked.


We call for immediate arrest and prosecution of the murderous soldier that killed the innocent young man simply for refusing to pay a bribe of #100 to the military check point. We demand for an open prosecution of the culprit. No secret prosecution where they culprit will be set free.
We demand for immediate removal of all military and police check points in the entire south East geo-political zone. The check points that was meant to be security check points have been turned to extortion points by the soldiers and police men . They harass road users and kill at will those who refuses to pay . They boost and say nothing will happen, if they kill anyone for refusing to pay the extortion .


If bribery and extortion of motorist in the South East geo-political zone have been enshrined into our constitution over night , we will like to see the section of the Constitution were it is written. But if not , we demand for immediate stop of extortion of motorist in the entire South East Zone.


The is an Igbo adage that says ” any child sent on an enran by his father, breaks the door with his legs” . The military extorts motorists with confidence. Without fear, whatsoever.
The way and manner the soldiers collect this bribe without any atom of fear , is as if , they are collecting the bribe and accounting to the chief of Army staff or a higher authority somewhere within the corridor of power . We can’t explain how motorist must pay money everyday to the soldiers and police at check points and nothing has been done to stop the ugly trend.
Trucks and lorries pay as high as #2000 or #1,500 per military check point, semi trucks pay between #500 to #1000 while buses pay #100 to #200 everyday. Now the question begging for answers is , are they motorists paying for their security? Are there not entitled to use the roads? Why the extortion.
The soldiers behave as if they were strictly instructed to extort , maim and kill South Easterners and not to save life. The activities of the army in South East is as if , we are in a war. South Easterners are treated as enemies. If we are seen as part of Nigeria , tell me how an army officer paid salaries with tax payers money , will trail a law abiding citizen and kill him in his father’s house. What an insolence.

COALITION OF SOUTH EAST YOUTH LEADERS PRESS RELEASE ON SOLDIER KILLING OF TRICYCLIST

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