Oyigbo should not be turned into a killing field, group cautions FG, Wike, Army




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A pro-democracy, environment and group, Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development (FENRAD), has raised alarm over news of disturbances and killings allegedly perpetrated by the in Oyigbo, State in a bid to curtail the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

It cautioned the state and Federal governments, as well as the military authorities not to allow Oyigbo to be turned into a killing field and her people used for target practice by the Nigeria Army.

A statement signed by Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor, its Executive Director, the group said: “News of decimation and wanton arrests and killings are making rounds all demanding that due attention be paid to the plight of the people are said to be fleeing their land and yet the state government under Nyesom Wike has remained silent just like the .

“Silence of majority is no less crime against the human race. FENRAD strongly condemns any looting and destruction of properties including attack on military formations whether by secessionist groups like IPOB and the like, hoodlums or criminal elements. But nothing should make the military go against rules of engagement, violate the Nigerian of 1999 (as amended); even other international charters and covenants (instruments of international law) to which Nigeria is a signatory.

“It is condemnable – and out rightly so – that at a time when the military has yet to prove its own innocence in what became a Black Tuesday for the nation at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, a similar or even worse carnage is still been associated with our military.

“The should desist from any within the Nigerian space that reflect overkill. Brute or kinetic force is never a measure of neither discipline nor acceptable standard for civil engagement.

“FENRAD condemns the fact that the military lost some personnel and ammunition to hoodlums in that area but wonders still if Nigeria is sliding back into the 1960s decade when the army was used to advance the political goal of a few, even for target practice.

“FENRAD calls on Governor Wike to, as the chief security of State, live to the occasion and return Oyigbo to its hitherto peaceful state. The should be aware that certain misconducts by men and officers man and the could win us a trophy of shame within the international circle and comity of even as we seek concerted effort of international community to overcome Boko Haram insurgency and other and menace.

“The military in any targeted at recovering weapons carted away during the #EndSARS protest that later was taken over by hoodlums should not do so at the expense of human lives protection of which is its mandate.

“Gory details abound about Oyigbo that scares any human deserving a place in that race. FENRAD also reaches out to traditional leaders of Oyigbo and entire Rivers State to ensure that under their traditional custody their land and people never slid into .

“The military should intelligently recover its weapons but must not bring terror and blood to rain in any part of the country. If the military go unprofessional about it then the police with the constitutional duty to oversee internal matters should be deployed,” the group said.

News Express