Group decries killings, arrest of Edo officials
A GROUP of concerned Nigerians and human rights advocates has decried the spate of killings and kidnapping in the last month in Benin City, Edo state, and the recent “illegal arrest of 11 innocent and responsible citizens who paraded in Abuja as suspects.”
The group made the call at a meeting in Benin City.
The group’s leader who did not want to be named “because of the prevailing atmosphere of uncertainty’ told The Guardian that the meeting was “a laudable forum for our us to talk, listen and express the plights or address the nation’s crucial problems.”
It comprises friends and Nigerians from different tribes such as traditional chiefs, members of the public and leaders among others, he said.
He went on: “The 11 were invited by the police and government to a series of meetings to help them find solution to the spate of killings in the state adduced to cultism. It was at the last invitation they honoured that they were arrested by the police unlawfully and bundled to Abuja after undergoing serious torture in Benin.
“They are law-abiding citizens who offered to help the police and government of Edo State in fighting cultism and killings in the state.”
They called on the government to intervene and that they should be released unconditionally.
According to the group, “human rights cases have been reported in all the geographical zones of the country, and some are politically motivated killing by hoodlums, while others are extra-judicial killings,” imploring the “security agencies to do clear and proper investigations before actions are taken.”
The group added: “It is the handiwork of hoodlums in the state in disguise of the cultism. The hoodlums have continued to make life unbearable for people in the state, and their actions have put fears in the lives of our people.”