The peaceful rally which was initiated and engineered by Nzuko-Ora Nnewi PG, Hon Ugochukwu Udemezue (Ifeneti) and the Nnewi Youth Leader, Hon JP Mouneke and other youth leaders.
The planning of the patrol was also influenced by Major Nnewi stakeholders such as Sen Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr Cletus Ibeto, Chief Dr Innocent Chukwuma, Prof. Obi Nwosu, Hon Chukwudi Orizu, and others.
The Member representing Nnewi North Constituency in the Anambra state House of Assembly, while speaking to Anaedoonline.ng in an interview, he said the purpose of the peaceful patrol is to instill confidence to the people of Nnewi for them to continue their normal business and also to plead with the youths who are not happy to stop the destruction.
Hon. Smart stated categorically that ‘those destroying properties are not from Nnewi, they are invaders but we are appealing to them to stay away from our town. we should embrace peace. We don’t need destruction in our communities and the state at large. we should embrace peace. Let us secure our town. The grievances have been shown and heard.
The basic places visited are areas that had destructions and were attacked, such as the Nnewi Central Police Station (CPS), Area command, Otolo police station, and Federal Road Safety Corporation and the destruction there were massive.
The stakeholders alongside Nnewi youths and the vigilantes rallied round the communities from Uruagu, Nnewichi, Otolo and Umudim appealing to Ndi-Nnewi to remain calm.
Rt. Hon. Chukwudi Orizu (TC Nnewi North Local Government) while speaking on the need for the peaceful patrol regretted that the EndSARS riot started peacefully with a good intention but was later hijacked by
hoodlums who diverted it to stealing.
‘We made it clear to the youths that we are in support of the peaceful riot but condemn the destruction that was done. We decided to come out to plead to those involved to decise from doing soo because the damages are disastrous. The security personal in Nnewi have all run and what these means is that the security of life and properties is now in the hands of Ndi-Nnewi’
Rt. Orizu frowned at the actions of the hoodlums stating that it is the state and the community that will lose if such actions are encouraged or continue.
Hon. Alphonsus Aniebue SSA to Governor Obiano, on his part said ‘why we support the EndSARS movement, the mission was diverted. The voice of the youth has been heard and we believe the government will sit up. the stealing from the protesters is totally unacceptable.’
National President of Nnewi Youth Paul Monaeke (JP) on his part emphasized that the inspection was necessary. He commended the youths who from the inception had good motive but condemned the harm and hooliganism from the hoodlums.
According to him “we discovered that the protesters started threatening some of our people and key government establishment razed down”.