The Imo State Committee on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (ISCEVAWG) has raised an alarm over the safety of people within the crisis ridden Izombe, in the Oguta local government area of Imo State.
Coordinator of the committee, Ms Marjorie Ezihe lamented over the spate of destruction that had engulfed the community from the military.
Military men attached to the 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze in Owerri were alleged to have invaded the Aborsi-Izombe
community in a reprisal attack over the death of two of their members and a civilian last week.
Already over 70 houses, 15 vehicles, and 25 motorcycles have been razed down during the reprisal attack following squabbles by youths, who were collecting tolls from oil bunkerers.
Ezihe lamented that the arson had rendered people omens especially women and girls homeless, saying it calls for worry.
According to her, the development has made women and girls susceptible to gender based violence like rape, defilement as people are forced to stay in the open due to destruction of property.
She called on requisite government agencies to move quickly to the community to stop the continued destruction of lives and properties.
Ezihe said the agencies should document their findings even as she called for a ceasefire and restoration of peace immediately.
Meanwhile the traditional ruler of Aborsi-Izombe, Eze Pius Muforo has called for a thorough investigation into the incident even as he lamented over the activities of bunkerers in the community.
He said “This community has been a peaceful community; we don’t merit the punishment meted on us. All the victims never took part in bunkering business”.
Eze Muforo who expressed concern over the increasing activities of oil bunkerers in the area, called on the federal and state governments to find lasting solutions to the menace and meaningful ventures to engage the teaming youths to deter them from the nefarious activities.
Condemnation has continued to trail the reprisal attack by the military in the community.