South-East Killings

South-East Killings

South-East turns battlefield for separatists, security agents, 255 killed in nine months - Punch Newspapers

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10/27/2021 4:38:00 AM

South-East turns battlefield for separatists, security agents, 255 killed in nine months - Punch Newspapers

The most widely read newspaper in Nigeria

“So, whichever way you look at the situation, everybody is losing. A lot of people went out and disappeared without a trace.”A former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, lamented that the region was in ruin and advised the people to embark on prayers and fasting for God’s intervention.

“We have to keep on praying let God help us,” he said while alleging that insecurity in Anambra State was foisted by people who wanted to rig the November 6 governorship election.“Some people want to rig the election and they want to create a favourable condition for it, but it will not work,” he declared.

A former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking, ProfJoy Ezeilo, described the situation in the South-East as alarming and called for a political solution to the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s issue.

While lamenting that insecurity in the region had inflicted more pain on the already battered economy, she said, “The South-East is crying for justice and fairness.”Ezeilo, who is the Executive Director, Women Aid Collective, stated, “There should be a concerted effort for youth empowerment. If the governors and the leaders fail to take the engagement of the youth seriously, others will fill the void and nature abhors vacuum.

“Our youths feel hopeless when they think of their future in this country. Good governance and leadership responsiveness in addressing the root causes of insecurity are vital to finding a durable solution.“There is so much anger and we cannot afford to aggravate the situation by pouring fuel on the fragile and fluid situations. I personally see a lot of opportunity in dialogue and negotiation for a political solution.”

On his part, a professor of Political Science, Obasi Igwe, described the current security situation in the South-East as pitiable.He stated, “The sit-at-home is prayer answered for those who want to destroy Igboland and the society. The IPOB, we are told, has long cancelled it. Suspicions are increasing that the unknown gunmen now enforcing the sit-at-home are either the Miyetti Allah, other Fulani AK-47-bearing terrorists, or sundry actors enabled or protected by state institutions. Arrests and sundry encounters with kidnappers by escapees have consistently shown that they are not Igbo, but the Federal Government is not interested in following those leads.

“They are not interested in finding out why most of the police officers killed are Igbo, and why the non-Igbo often find a way to escape each attack. Communities in Nigeria have been disarmed, while the terrorists killing and destroying them are armed to the teeth.”

He asked the South-East governors, community and other leaders to demand the return of defensive weapons to the people, a halt to the policy of war against those defending their communities against terrorists, and an end to the export of violence to civilian areas and military games and manoeuvres outside areas of conflict.

The Enugu State Government said that it was working to implement the South-East governors’ resolution that every state should deploy all lawful means to stop the sit-at-home and ensure security.The Commissioner for Information, Chidi Aroh, said in a telephone interview with our correspondent, “The South-East governors and leaders are all engaged; everybody’s hands are all on the deck to see that the situation is brought under control. I’m sure that soon it will be a thing of the past.”

The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi, also condemned the sit-at-home and the killings in the region.Umahi warned that counter-secessionist groups might rise in the South-East if IPOB did not caution its members and stop threats and killings.

A security expert and Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Chief Emeka Umeagbalasi, attributed the violent crackdown on the agitators for the increasing insecurity in the region, adding that far more people could have been killed within the period under review.

Umeagbalasi said the increasing insecurity in the South-East was as a result of hate policy of the present administration, including structural, physical and cultural violence and violent crackdowns on peaceful agitators, which he said led to “their violent self-defence.”

He stated, “Available statistics clearly indicated that no fewer than 480 unarmed members of self-determination groups and uninvolved members of the civilian population had been killed by security forces and 700 others shot with live bullets and seriously injured between August 2015 and September 2017. Several dozens also disappeared and hundreds abducted or unlawfully arrested and detained for years without trial.

“Then, the casualty figure on the side of security forces was acutely asymmetrical. Members of the self-determination groups in Eastern Nigeria also maintained a non-violence stance for five years from August 2015 to November 2020, but were forced into violent self-defence by the government in December 2020 following the formation of the Eastern Security Network.

“Conversely, recent statistics showed that out of over 600 non-state actor deaths perpetrated by security forces in eastern Nigeria since January 2021, a total of 550 were unarmed and defenceless citizens and about 50 were armed members of the self-determination groups. Security forces also recorded no fewer than 400 combatant or battlefield casualties.”

He, however, called for the immediate release of Kanu and an end to all forms of violent crackdowns and state persecution against agitators as well as innocent and defenceless residents of eastern Nigeria.“The government is gravely breaching the constitution in sections 19 (1) (d), 35 and 36 of the country’s international and domestic obligations by refusing to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu is given a fair hearing and allowed speedy and fair trial within the constitutionally stipulated timeframes, irrespective of the gravity of the alleged offences or be granted bail or freed unconditionally,” Umeagbalasi stated.

He said the delays by the International Criminal Court’s new Chief Prosecutor and other world justice bodies to re-commence and consolidate their investigations into alleged atrocities by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retd.), and its security forces against unarmed and defenceless citizens in eastern Nigeria were regrettable, adding that their silence “amount to issuance of impunity tickets to the perpetrators to continue to terrorise, kill, maim, abduct, torture and destroy en masse with reckless abandon and impunity.”

Meanwhile, the police have refused to speak on the matter.Efforts to get the Force Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, were unsuccessful as he did not take his calls or respond to text messages.When the Enugu State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, was contacted, he requested time to verify some information, but had not given any feedback as of the time of filing this report.

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