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HURIWA alleges sabotage in South East security

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
11 January 2022   |   4:18 am
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has alleged that sponsors of violence were increasingly sabotaging the security of South East region.

Emmanuel Onwubiko

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has alleged that sponsors of violence were increasingly sabotaging the security of South East region.

It urged representative of Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha to submit his findings to the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the National Assembly Committee on Public Petitions on financiers of insecurity in the South East.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said the World Igbo Council and the political elite in South East need to make use of the newly promulgated Nigeria Police Act 2020 to hire private forensic investigators to unravel rising instability and insecurity in the region.

“Ndigbo in the Diaspora need to collaborate with Igbo at home to unravel the groups or individuals sponsoring violence in Igbo land,” he said.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should be told that his failure to explore political solution to release the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is an invitation to the continuing anarchy and violence in the region.

“We also appeal to Governor Hope Uzodinma and former governor Okorocha to stop causing unnecessary panic and tension through unguarded comments and media interviews, but state their positions to the appropriate quarters so that those sponsoring insecurity in the region are apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with the law,” the statement reads.

HURIWA said the existence of many ungoverned space in the region, coupled with failure of security agencies to stop the enforcement of IPOB’s stay-at-home order on Mondays, was a signal that Igbo people in the Federal Government might be behind the plot to create instability and insecurity in the South East.

It condemned the attacks on Enugu residents by hoodlums and wondered why how Orlu and Mbaise in Imo State had become increasingly targeted for violence on Mondays even when IPOB denied giving a stay-at-home order.

The group also argued that South East people in the Federal Government and their acolytes at the state level were responsible for President Buhari’s failure to honour his promise after his meeting with Igbo elite during which he pledged to consider their plea to release Kanu.