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OPINION: The Alleged Killing Of 175 Soldiers In 72 Attacks Is One Reason Why Nobody Should Hail UGM

According to an investigation carried out by PUNCH, no fewer than 175 people, including soldiers, police, and civilians, have died in the South-East in the last six months as a result of the insecurity that has engulfed the troubled region. The killings occurred in 72 attacks by unknown gunmen (UGM) across the region's five states, namely Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi, and Abia.

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Violence, killings, and arson attacks have recently increased in the region, with many blaming members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network. The groups, however, have denied any involvement.

Aside from the murders, government facilities such as police stations and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission were attacked and some were set on fire. The rate at which unknown gunmen(UGM) is carrying out their attacks is terrifying. The strike with impunity and that has put fear in the minds of many people residing in the South East.

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The menace of these criminals has led to the death of Chike Akunyili, Ahmed Gulak and many more. These gunmen recently wreaked havoc at a police checkpoint in Okija, Anambra state.

[Photo Credit: Vanguard]

What baffled me the most is that some residents in South East according to a report by Vanguard, cheered unknown gunmen in Anambra state. Instead of cheering these unknown gunmen, they should be reported to security operatives.

We can't continue to live like this. The goal has always been to build a nation where peace and justice reign. The attacks in South East and other regions have to stop. The killing spree is becoming more terrifying and we hope it doesn't linger.

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