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Deployment of Igbo officers as heads of security agencies in S’East would help fight insecurity, HURIWA declares 

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
02 December 2022   |   3:41 am
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, to post Igbo senior police officers to Enugu and other South East states as police commissioners..

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, to post Igbo senior police officers to Enugu and other South East states as police commissioners, as it is done in other zones, especially South West and North West. 

The rights group also wants the Chief of Army Staff to post ranking Igbo officers as top commanders in the South East to stimulate a sense of belonging among them.

HURIWA noted that its request is based on the fact that most key military commanders posted to the South East are from North West, and are persons with bias minds about Igbo.

HURIWA said it is inconceivable that a ranking religious leader, like the immediate past Prelate of Methodist Church, Bishop Samuel Uche, could be kidnapped. The group recalled how the cleric gave detailed account of how soldiers of certain affinity allegedly coordinated kidnappings around Enugu-Okigwe Federal Highway, but till date not one of those soldiers manning military checkpoints in the area, have been indicted and punished. 

The rights group’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said an indigene would better police the state, as non-indigenes have failed to stem the tide of kidnapping, as well as activities of ‘unknown gunmen,’ who are overrunning the region.

The group further noted that, in the spirit of community policing, the Nigeria Police and the Defence Headquarters should deploy commanders and other top brass, who understand the landscape of each geopolitical zone. It noted that language of the people, their mannerisms, socio-cultural differences, amongst others, which are peculiar to the localities should be considered in deploying police commissioners and military commanders, stressing that this is how to effectively curtail crime.