Rights group condemns Uzodinma’s military intervention, says Orlu not Sambisa forest

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Human and Environmental Rights group, Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development, (FENRAD), has condemned latest show of aerial power by Nigeria Army at Orlu and Orsu local areas of Imo on invitation of Governor .

Nigeria Army had carried out an aerial show of the , allegedly to flush out Indigenous of Biafra, IPOB and its Eastern Network, ESN.

Governor Uzodinma had confirmed inviting the soldiers to Orlu after members of the Indigenous of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly policemen and citizens.

The Imo Governor, who spoke the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cyprian Akaolisa, at a press briefing Owerri, said the discovered there were deliberate attempts by IPOB to attack Orlu and the the guise they were looking for Fulani herdsmen.

But, FENRAD, stating its position in a statement jointly signed by its Executive Director, Nelson Nnanna Nwafor and Head Legal Team, Olusegun Bamgbose and issued to DAILY POST on Tuesday, berated the action of Governor Uzodinma and wondered if the knows the consequences of its action of inviting the army as it claimed.

The rights group cautioned Governor Uzodinma to make sure peace reigns in his charge or be willing to answer to the International Criminal Court.

According to the foundation’s statement, “Nigeria is drifting towards the brinks of insecurity with former Heads of hinting earlier of either risking a civil or disintegration if the killings are tamed while governors like see no danger even with the writing clearly on the wall.

”Even the average student of foreign affairs need be told current happenings unfolding within the nation points to one direction – need is now for a vertical rejig of apparatuses and architecture in the federation with the locals being protected according to the milieux and ethos they are most familiar with.

”A system where one tier of government alone controls all agencies even those of the paramilitary cannot be rightly considered a “federation” in the real sense. This means that localized and decentralized outfits – even if not ESN – not only in the Southeast but the whole nation will serve better in the area of intelligence gathering and analysing if indeed Nigeria’s is to represent a true federation.

”This issue of state/community police, however, is not being pushed by and governors of the Southeast, unfortunately.

(Daily Post)