Alleged carrying of firearms: 64 DC Coordinators to sue Egwu, other PDP members in Ebonyi

The Coordinators of the 64 Development Centers in Ebonyi State, yesterday threatened to sue the Senator representing Ebonyi North Zone, Dr Sam Egwu and other National Assembly members elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.

The institution of the suit against the PDP NASS members was because they alleged that they (64 Coordinators) were armed by the State Government to go after perceived political opponents in the State.

The Coordinators under the aegis of Forum of Coordinators were reacting to a statement credited to Dr Sam Egwu wherein he alleged that Governor Umahi was also using the Ebube-Agu security outfit to witch-hunt them.

But the Coordinator of Ikwo South East and Publicity Secretary of the Coordinators’ Forum in the State, Hon. John Ogodo who read the communique on behalf of the 64 Coordinators, noted that they had no business whatsoever with firearms and ammunition of any kind, as alleged by the federal lawmakers.

The Forum vowed that if the National Assembly members led by Senator Egwu, failed to substantiate the allegations levelled against them, they would institute legal action against them for the false alarm, misinformation and integrity defamation.

“That the present set of Coordinators of Development Centres in Ebonyi State have no business whatsoever with firearms and ammunition of any kind; even as we make bold to challenge Egwu and his group to make public ‘real’ pictorial, not photoshopped evidence of Coordinators of Development Centres and other youths wielding guns as they claim, as failure to substantiate same will leave Coordinators with no other option than instituting legal action against them for the false alarm, misinforming the public and integrity defamation.

“That as Coordinators of our various Development Centres, who by virtue of our mandates are Chief Security Officers at that level, and who play a supervisory role on men of EBUBEAGU, we have never distributed guns to these hard-working young men of Ebonyi State (members of EBUBEAGU), who are sacrificing a lot in partnership with security agencies to ensure that every life and property in the state including that of members of National Assembly who are today raising false alarm, enjoys security in its true sense,” the Forum said.