- The Nigerian Army has been accused of secretly arresting and killing Igbo youths in the southeast
- The allegation was made by the foremost Igbo soci0-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
- The group called on Nigeria's army chief to wade in and stop the indiscriminate arrests and killings
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Thursday, April 22 alleged that the Nigeria Army was clamping down on Igbo youths, as well as secretly killing them.
The group said the army was labelling random youths in the region members of Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network as an excuse to arrest and kill them without any evidence.
The allegations were contained in a statement issued by the group's spokesman, Chief Alex Ogbonnia.
Part of the statement posted by The Punch read:
“We stand on a firm wicket that it is ruthless to arrest any Igbo in the guise of membership of a terrorist organization unless there is sufficient evidence of a crime or unlawful possession of firearms.”
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the allegations of the Igo group via Nairaland.
A Nigerian with the moniker, Stepps wrote:
“The more you arrest the more resolute they become.”
“The Nigerian military role in what the southeast has become saddens me.”
Dignity 33 wrote:
“Ohaneze should come out of hiding and lead a massive protest in the southeast against the Nigerian Army's brutality.”
OmoSlim 26 wrote:
“On a serious note, the Nigerian army is a big shame. If you are so dumb-headed and can't get intelligence to go after the people you are looking for who are in the forest, why should that be the problem of innocent people who just wants to survive the effects of this evil government?”
Meanwhile, the convener of the New Nigeria Group (NNG), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has called on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, convoke a national consultative assembly.
He decried Wednesday’s series of attacks in multiple states, saying the developments indicate that Nigeria is at war with itself.
Recall that Ohanaeze Ndigbo had on Thursday, April 15 warned the Buhari administration that the dream of one Nigeria is fast fading under its watch.
President General of the group, Professor George Obiozor, stated this during a press conference in Enugu state even as he warned the federal government to rethink, reflect and act fast before the prophecy that Nigeria won't stay together as one country in no distant time becomes a reality.
In a related development, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly sceptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country.
With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.