A civil rights advocacy group- Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned against turning security forces in the country to pro-Fulani bodies.
The rights group expressed concerns over the poor handling of the aftermath of the attacks at the Federal Correctional Centre in Owerri Imo State, by the government.
HURIWA, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja and obtained by PlatinumPost, also called for a transparent probe by a judicial commission of inquiry of the reported invasions of Awo-Omama in Oru East local government area of Imo State and the activities of the combined security forces which led to the killing of an alleged Southeast Commander of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), among others.
The rights group said the danger of believing the single narrative packaged by the Nigerian Army on the circumstances of the combined operation in Imo State in which six members of IPOB were killed and some armed security personnel got wounded or killed, without investigating the incident, is that impunity will be unleashed if the security forces can just attack and kill some persons and then frame up some tales by moonlight and then the media will circulate the one -sided propaganda as if it’s a scriptural fact.
The statement signed by the national coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, said in saner climes, there are independent bodies that monitor the military and police to stop their misuse by any politically exposed and influential persons including the President.
The rights group also warned President Muhammadu Buhari against only using the armed security forces to attack alleged adversaries that share no ethno-religious affiliations with the President “but has so far failed to direct and ensured that the armed forces confront the armed Fulani herdsmen wreaking havoc all over the country including the recent attacks targeting of Tiv farm settlement in Nasarawa state and parts of Benue state in which dozens of citizens were killed.”
It wondered why these same combined team of security agents that purported invaded Awo-Omama in Imo state have never been despatched to rescue the abducted students in Kaduna kidnapped by Fulani militia nor have they captured the armed Fulani militia kidnapping students in Zamfara, Katsina and Niger State.
HURIWA warned the Federal Government and governor Hope Uzodinma not to turn the usually peaceful Imo State to a theatre of military actions and kinetic battles.
It accused both the Imo state government and the Federal Government of double-speak and for contradicting each other on the exact persons responsible for the recent daredevil attacks at the Correctional centre in Owerri and the police command facility in Owerri.
HURIWA maintained her earlier suspicion that the attacks at the correctional centre and police command in Owerri was done likely by members of the deep state from Abuja and wondered why no transparent action has been taken to investigate the attacks using modern day forensic skills and facilities to ascertain the exact characters behind those attacks.
The group also accused the dismissed Inspector General of Police Adamu Mohammed of rushing to a hasty conclusion on those responsible for those abominable attacks that targeted strategic national security assets in which case without any forensic investigations the then Police boss blamed the IPOB for those attacks but this line of accusation was countered by both the spokesman of the separatist group and Governor Uzodinma, who maintained that he knew the politicians who plotted and imported armed thugs to attack the security facilities.
The group said the Army claim that it attacked the camp of the Eastern Security Network and killed the alleged commander and then linked him to the attacks at the Federal Prisons in Owerri and the Police facility is a direct contradiction of the statement made by Uzodinma who absolved IPOB of blame of the Monday April 5th 2021 attacks at the correctional centre and police command in Owerri.