Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has voiced out strong condemnation of the alleged killing and burning down of houses of certain politically-exposed persons in Orlu, Imo State by the operatives of the state police command.
Similarly, the pro-democracy and not-for-profit body also said the persistent attacks and violent bloodshed unleashed on parts of Plateau State by armed Fulani herdsmen without the armed forces of Nigeria checking the menace, arresting the culprits and their sponsors and prosecuting the killers amounted to state sponsored genocidal agenda against Christians in Northern Nigeria.
It said the deliberate incapacitation of the Nigeria Police Force of the Plateau State Police Command and the ineffectiveness of all segments of the armed security services to prevent the continuous systematic killings in Plateau State shows that the killers have powerful people in government in Abuja backing and funding their attacks.
Buhari’s handling of Fulani herdsmen, banditry shows his ethnic bias – HURIWA
The group further called on the heads of the security forces to be patriotic and stop their extreme loyalties and attachments to primordial sentiments of tribes or religion because by and large if the armed Fulani attackers are allowed and licensed to destroy Nigeria then there will be no country for these security heads to preside over.
HURIWA, while citing various reports, said it is unimaginable that since over one year since the government of the All Progressives Congress, APC, sponsored Hope Uzodinma dethroned the Emeka Ihedioha the people of Imo State have been continuously subjected to cocktails of organised killings by series of non state actors and the members of the security forces brought in by the State government.
HURIWA’s statement was signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, and made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday.
HURIWA said the worrying dimension in the ceaseless violence and the blood cuddling orgies in Imo State is the systematic and systemic application of extrajudicial executions of citizens suspected of being in conflict with the law by the combined teams of armed Police and the Army.
The rights group condemned the scale of destruction of personal housing assets belonging to citizens accused of participation in the upheavals as carried out by the armed security operatives even without any valid judgment of the Competent Courts of law.
“The security services in any part of the country is not a law unto itself. Therefore the Imo State Police Command or the Nigerian Army domiciled in Imo State South East of Nigeria can not operate as if Nigeria is a banana Republic with no laws, rules or regulations in which case the armed security operatives could just wake up one morning and start burning down houses associated with certain classification of persons even if they are in conflict with the law without any binding judgment of the Competent courts of Law as clearly spelt out in Section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” HURIWA said.
“We are by this media statement asking the Imo State House of Assembly and the Police Service Commission to wake up from institutional anomie and slumber and stop the constant attacks and killings of the citizens of Imo State by the operatives of the Imo State Police Command.
“The report that security agents operating in no fewer than 15 vehicles, including an Armoured Personnel Carrier, burnt down a hotel, a residential house and about 15 shops in Orlu, Imo State, on Sunday, is to put it mildly, a government funded terrorism against the good people of Imo State.
“The incidents which happened at Okporo and Obor communities carved out of Umutanze in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state are said to have led to the burning down of many houses linked to a particular politically exposed person.
“The report that the security agents, who came for the operation, supervised the burning of the hotel before they left shows that these were premeditated act of cowardice and Imo State government’s funded terrorism against citizens of the state most likely because of perceived political and ideological differences.
Citing news reports, the Civil rights organisation said it was gathered that the Ezeacho Hotel is owned by a businessman, Chinonso Uba just as the hotel is located on the Okporo Mgbidi Road behind St Damian’s Hospital mortuary, Okporo.
Two persons were said to have lost their lives during the operation, while some guests were also arrested. The hotelier’s country home in the Obor community was also burnt. The hotelier’s mother, Mrs Dorathy Uba, is a popular politician in the local government area even as the hotelier lived with his family in the hotel.
“We in the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA calls on the Imo State governor to stop these organised terrorism being waged against Imo State citizens by the security agents who are allegedly authorised illegally by the office of the Governor of Imo State to deploy the aid of extrajudicial executions of citizens, organised looting and ARSON in their crude and primitive attempts to quell what the governor believes is a violent politically motivated campaign against his administration seen by some persons as an imposition by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”
“The government of Mr. Hope Uzodinma must stop these killings by the armed security services and bring these killer police and Army for prosecution or the credible coalition of human rights bodies that are taking records will inevitably approach the office of the Army Chief, Police Service Commission and inevitably may head towards the International Criminal Court should the Imo State Police Commissioner, his killer squads and the killer military operatives not arrested and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.”
“These heinous crimes being perpetrated by the police and other security forces in Imo State are absolutely Condemned as despicable, reprehensible and odious and the culprits will certainly not go unpunished as good spirited individuals and groups are building bodies of unassailable evidence against these killers and the politicians motivating and directing the attacks”.
HURIWA said there is no reason under the sun in a constitutional democracy for the armed security services governed by the Law and especially the Nigerian police to proceed to the premises of a hotel which is on the Okporo-Mgbidi Road behind St Damian Hospital mortuary, Okporo and destroy the housing assets which a citizen lawfully built and for which no court of law has made any binding order for its demolition.
According to HURIWA, It is only in a primitive enclave will the so-called stern looking and blood thirsty armed security agents could go to the village house at Obor community belonging to a citizen and set it ablaze. They also reportedly burnt no fewer than 15 shops, where caskets were being sold opposite the hospital which by all intents and purposes are glaring Criminal acts of terrorism and perfidious which must be investigated and the perpetrators fished out and sanctioned in accordance with the law.
The Prominent pro-democracy group has also Condemned the persistent violence by armed Fulani herdsmen in parts of Plateau State just as the Rights group said the chain of attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen and the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to confront these killers who share same Ethnicity and religion with him and all of the Heads of the internal security institutions goes to show that there is a bigger agenda by the Ethnic militia of the Fulani to continue to wage genocidal killings of persons who are mostly Christians and predominantly farmers so as to illegally take over their ancestral lands by the invading forces supported by powerful office holders at the level of the Federal government.
“The fact that the coordinating body for these rash of attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association is emboldened to continue to issue out public threats against communities opposed to the plots to take over their ancestral lands and the Federal government looks on without classification of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and the armed Fulani attackers and kidnappers as terrorists means that Nigeria is definitely in a season of government sponsored terror on a bigger scale requiring the immediate actions of the International community and heads of powerful nations such as the USA, Germany and Canada.
The Rights group quoted the Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Mr. Edward Egbuka, as saying that 17 people were killed and 85 buildings burnt in the recent attacks in Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The police boss of Plateau State said there were attacks in Jebbu Miango in Bassa LGA where five people were killed on July 31 and 12 others killed on Aug. 1 at Tambora in Riyom LGA. Also he said: “There were attacks specifically at Jebbu Miango on Saturday night, July 31 in which five people were killed and about 85 buildings burnt.“The next morning, the attacks continued at Tambora in Riyom LGA where 12 people were killed and some houses destroyed.
“HURIWA is therefore calling on President Joe Biden of the USA to intervene to stop the constant attacks and genocides by armed Fulani herdsmen supported by the Federal government since the year 2015”.