The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), has declared war against the gunmen killing people in Anambra State.
The group stated that henceforth, any attack by gunmen will be met with a commensurate counter-attack.
In a statement signed by the coalition’s President-General, Goodluck Ibem, yesterday, May 23, 2022, the youths condemned the gruesome murder of a lawmaker, Okechukwu Okoye.
Recall that on May 22, 2022, Anambra state was thrown into chaos as 3 violent events rocked the state; the killing of the lawmaker, the massacre of others, and the burning of security vehicles, and a police station.
The group, has also, called on the State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, to form youth security guards to take over the communities in the State.
According to the statement, the group said it would no longer fold its arms and allow criminals to run over Anambra.
Part of the statement reads: “The umbrella body of all the youth groups in the South-East geopolitical zone condemns in strongest terms the gruesome murder of Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, a member representing Aguata 2 state constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly which is Governor Charles Soludo’s constituency.
“There are 7 others among whom are a mother and four of her children killed at Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area, while the remaining two happened at Abatete in Idemili North. Another man was killed at Nanka in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“It is very unfortunate that some criminals and hoodlums want to turn Anambra State and Igboland into a killing field, but their plot will be dead on arrival. We will no longer fold our arms and complain about the insecurity that has been brought to our doorsteps.
“We call on Governor Charles Soludo to immediately form “Anambra Youth Security Guard (AYSG)” and ensure that the security outfit is fully funded to secure and protect their communities.
“We want Governor Soludo to know that a war has been declared on him and his people and he has to remove his suit and tie to fight to defeat these hoodlums who have vowed to make his state ungovernable.”