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Group faults AGF on call for state of emergency in Anambra

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
12 October 2021   |   3:47 am
A group, Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development (FENRAD), has faulted the recent pronouncement by Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on declaration of a state of emergency in Anambra State.

A group, Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development (FENRAD), has faulted the recent pronouncement by Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on declaration of a state of emergency in Anambra State.

A statement jointly signed by the Executive Director of the body, Nelson Nnanna-Nwafor, and the Head, Corporate Accountability, Akande Femisi, called, instead, for a regional dialogue of political gladiators, stakeholders, governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, faith-based and cultural leaders in the South East and Anambra State.

The statement reads in part: “There is a crying need to ensure that activities of unknown gunmen are unravelled and peace restored in the region. Nothing should be done to infringe on the rights of citizens and businesses in the state and region. This is so because Operation Python Dance, which enforcement came with violations and infringements, is still fresh in the memory of citizens and residents of the region.

“The South East and the entire federation are politically charged and tense. There is palpable fear among the electorate, given how the sit-at-home order has been observed where properties and businesses became the targets of arsonists masquerading as enforcers.

“The situation requires confidence-building rather than bringing the state under any martial law or military jackboot in the name of emergency.”