The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has warned the Federal Government against turning the South-East geopolitical zone into a war zone under the guise of hunting for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The non-governmental organisation, led by Emmanuel Onwubiko, also faulted the hasty manner the police blamed IPOB for the attacks on its headquarters in Owerri and a correctional facility where over 1,800 inmates were set free.
The rights activist, who made this known in Abuja, argued that the decision by the Police to blame IPOB for the Owerri correctional facility attacks was part of the grand design to unleash soldiers on the South East to kill and maim innocent persons.
The rights activist maintained that the police authorities did not conduct a thorough probe to unearth those behind the attack on the correctional facility before arriving at the conclusion that it was masterminded by IPOB.
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The group thereby called on the United Nations and the international Community to wade in to stop it termed “the Rwanda type genocide’ that may occur.
He noted: “Rationally what a decent and thinking government should do is to investigate the attacks using the best global practices unless there were already plots in Abuja to cause maximum chaos in the usually peaceful South East of Nigeria just to destroy the economy of the same people deprived of government Jobs.
“This systematically points to possible involvement of the deep State. It must be investigated by the United Nation and European Union. The Nigerian government must never be allowed to repeat the genocide that was carried out against Igbo before the war in the 1960s.
“Now, the attacks in Owerri has been hurriedly described as an act of terrorism and the IGP whose stay in office is a subject of intense ligation by citizens, quickly said IPOB was responsible and then as expected the so-called spokesmen of IPOB says they were not responsible.
“We will show you that there is more to it than meets the eyes when analytically observing the statements of persons who said they speak for Mr. President- the same person who defends Myetti Allah vigorously each time people are killed in Benue or Southern Kaduna even when the survivors says they heard their attackers speak Fulfulde. We suspect that agents of DEEP State may be involved.
“Where were the Police/Army /DSS/Civil defence when these attackers struck in Owerri and reportedly operated for three hours to an extent that even Akara sellers videoed the incidents but no one counter attack was launched?
” Is it not these police, soldiers, DSS that usually get wind of IPOB meetings and ESN Camps and usually launch massive counter operation to NIP their activities in the bud with many of the alleged IPOB members killed extrajudicially but gunmen struck and destroyed strategic National Security assets in Owerri but rather than for IGP, DG of DSS, Army Chief and Comptroller General of Prisons to resign for dereliction of duty or to be quarried by the Commander-in – Chief, the President, but the president is now quoted to now said to have bought into the propaganda by the IGP that IPOB was involved even when IPOB according to reports, denied ever being involved? Where are the solid evidences and when was forensic investigations by police carried out or do they work by beer parlour rumours?
“Why the haste to deploy the military to the East if there is no agenda already packaged long ago only waiting for the trigger to now launch the planned attack? Is the government rewarding failures of all the relevant heads of Security institutions who went to bed and were deep asleep or pretended to be asleep when these God forsaken Violent Criminals hit the prisons and destroyed the entire facility belonging to the Police and yet the Military has a base somewhere only few minutes’ walk from where these gunmen attacked in Obinze?
“Where was the governor of Imo State during the attack that lasted several hours that even motor park touts videoed? We are calling on the United Nations to note that there is a plan to carry out genocide against innocent Igbo citizens in the guise of looking for IPOB? ”
PlatinumPost reports that unknown gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched a series of coordinated attacks in the wee hours of Monday in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Over 1,800 inmates escaped from a correctional facility in Owerri during the attack even as a police headquarters was also touched.