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HURIWA tasks Buhari on human rights in S’East, S’South security measures

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The Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari and the military authorities to be mindful of the implications of the shoot-on-sight directive in the garb of new security measures in the South East and South-South regions of the country.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, specifically urged the Federal Government to consider the constitutional obligations of the rules of engagement and respect for citizens’ rights, genocide and crimes against humanity, as enshrined in international charters.

The group carpeted President Buhari for his persistent marginalisation and scheming out of the South East from commanding position of significance in the defence institutions to such a ridiculous extent that no Igbo military officer attended the last meeting during which a decision to introduce new security measures for South East and the Niger Delta regions was taken.

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HURIWA maintained that Buhari’s legendary aversion for respect of fundamental freedoms of citizens would continue to haunt the government and make it impossible for civilised nations to sell weapons to Nigeria.

“The Buhari-led government is notorious for human rights violations and this is why the USA and most countries do not want to provide technical assistance or sell arms for the prosecution of the war on terrororism because it is believed that a tyrannical regime could divert the weapons to kill civilians as in the case with the Buhari administration.

“This is why this government has to ensure that the operatives being deployed to the South East and South-South do not use engage in a killing spree using the shoot-on-sight, which constitute gross violation of citizens’ rights provided for under section 33(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“We condemn in totality any decision for the military to adopt shoot-on-sight, because it is a crime against humanity and must never be tolerated,” it stressed.

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MEANWHILE, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has refuted report by the Nigerian Army that it had arrested second in command of its Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Aba, Abia State.

In a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, it stated that the arrested man was not an operative of the ESN, arguing that he was too old to be recruited into its security outfit.

In a statement by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the military had stated that it arrested 48 year-old Awurum Eze, ESN’s second in command to the late Ikonso.

He stated that Eze, a native of Umuneke Nta, Isiala Mbano, Imo State, had been declared wanted, having escaped operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at his country home.

But IPOB refuted the claim, describing it as cheap propaganda, adding: The said man is not an operative of ESN. Such a man is too old to be recruited into ESN, let alone being Ikonso’s second in command.”

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