A socio-political group in Southeast Nigeria, Igbo National Council INC, has raised an alarm over what it called an arbitrary and unprovoked arrest of Igbo youths and women by the Nigeria Army in some communities in Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta local government areas of Imo state.
The Igbo group alleged that personnel of the Nigerian Army has continued to raid some communities in Imo State to arrest some women and youths suspected to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and are being linked to the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
In a statement signed on Wednesday by the President of INC, Chilos Godsent called on the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, and President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to quickly stop the Army from further raiding the communities and arresting our youths and woman with allegations of being IPOB members
The group said, “Information reaching our news desk indicated that the clandestine neo-Mafia Gestapo style of the arrest of Igbo Youths and Women started on Sunday 18th April 2021 and communities in Agwa Clan and Izombe in Oguta LGA of Imo State are heavily affected.
“We would not want the repeat of the Oyigbo saga in Rivers State where over five hundred Igbo Youths and Women were arrested, adopted, and taken to a secret detention base in the North region of Nigeria where some of them have alleged to have died out of trauma and torture and till now many had not returned.
“We note that the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) Chapter Four (Fundamental Rights) gives citizens of Nigeria certain inalienable Rights which the Nigeria President and Imo State Governor has sworn to defend and protect”.
The Igbo socio-cultural organization further called on well-meaning people of Imo State, Igbo nation, and Nigeria, in general, to quickly rise to condemn the ongoing extra-judiciary killings of Igbo youths and women, allegedly being carried out by the Nigerian Army.
In another development, a sociopolitical organization, Nigeria Unity Forum NUF, has called on Nigerians to come together as a family and build a united and prosperous nation.
The group in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Barrister Musa Maigoro and issued to newsmen on Wednesday, noted that Nigeria is a God’s gift to blacks and Africans and must not be allowed to break up.
NUF called on all stakeholders to put their acts together to achieve the aim of nation-building.
The group noted that the labours of our heroes past should never be in vain, disclosing that it will be organizing a Nigeria Peace and Unity Summit in Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, and the Lagos States aimed at fostering national peace and integration.
The sociopolitical pressure group called for brotherhood at all levels in the country.
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