21st April, 2021
A socio-political group, Igbo National Council (INC), has alleged that Nigerian Army indiscriminately arresting Igbo youths.
The socio-political group in what it termed an arbitrary and unprovoked arrest of Igbo youths and women in some communities in Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta local government areas of Imo state claimed that the Nigerian Army has continued to raid who they suspect of being members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and having links with the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The INC in a statement signed by its President, Chilos Godsent and on Wednesday, called on Imo Governor, Hope Uzodinma and President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to quickly intervene and stop the Army from further raiding and arresting youths and women of these communities over allegation of being members of IPOB.
The group said, “Information reaching our news desk indicated that the clandestine neo-Mafia Gestapo style of the arrest of Igbo Youths and Women started on Sunday, 18th April 2021 and communities in Agwa Clan and Izombe in Oguta LGA of Imo State are heavily affected.
“We would not want the repeat of the Oyigbo saga in Rivers State where over five hundred Igbo Youths and Women were arrested, adopted and taken to a secret detention base in the North region of Nigeria where some of them have alleged to have died out of trauma and torture and till now many had not returned.
“We note that the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) Chapter Four (Fundamental Rights) gives citizens of Nigeria certain inalienable Rights which the Nigeria President and Imo State Governor has sworn to defend and protect”.
The group further called on well-meaning people of Imo State, Igbo nation and Nigeria, in general, to quickly rise to condemn the ongoing extra-judiciary killings of Igbo youths and women, allegedly being carried out by the Nigerian Army.