COMMUNITY GIST LOCAL NEWS SOCIETY GIST HURIWA CONFRONTS UMAHI OVER DISSAPARENCE OF FIVE EBONYI ENGINEERS By Admin Posted on December 8, 2021 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin By Sumayyah Olapade The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has taken on Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi over the state’s handling of the case of five missing site engineers in Effium, in the state’s Ohaukwu Local Government Area. On November 3, 2021, a consulting engineering firm, Nelan Consultants, sent five engineers to a road project in Effium, Ebonyi, as part of routine supervisory work on the Abakiliki Ring Road project, but they vanished in the conflict-torn community. HURIWA stated in a statement on Wednesday that the governor should ensure that the engineers are rescued alive rather than declaring them dead without allowing their families to view their remains. HURIWA also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to exercise his authority to command the victims’ search and rescue. In a statement titled ‘Alleged killing of site engineers: HURIWA raises objection, demands their immediate release alive by Ebonyi governor,’ the group said Umahi should not stop at sacking two Effium community development center coordinators, but should ensure the missing engineers are found alive, especially since the vehicle they traveled in has not been found. HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the group’s National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, both signed the statement. “The release of the bruised and emotionally destabilising news about the Governor’s alleged death of the five engineers during a security summit organized by Christian Association of Nigeria, Abakiliki chapter has left their families, friends, and associates emotionally confused,” the statement read in part. “We expected, and continue to expect, that it is the government’s only and primary responsibility to rally behind the struggle of the victims’ relatives and friends in order to unravel the full facts behind this tragic tragedy and, most importantly, to rescue them alive and uninjured.” “HURIWA demands the immediate release of the victims alive, believing that the five missing engineers may have been forced to disappear by a yet-to-be-identified individual because the governor only declared them dead and buried without consulting their families and yet failed to produce the burial sites,” the group added.