By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, a frontline rights advocacy group, has urged the federal government to order a forensic investigation into the recent invasion of Awo-Omama, a community in Orlu local government area of Imo state by a combined team of security forces, which resulted in the killing of some alleged members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, the security wing of Baifra zionist secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
HURIWA’s charge was contained in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in which it advised President Muhammadu Buhari against deploying the military against a section of the country, rather than using them in checking the violent activities of armed bandits and killer herdsmen across the country.
“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 unfortunately 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.”, HURIWA said.
HURIWA harped on the need to set up an independent body to monitor the military and police to stop their misuse by any politically exposed and influential persons including the President
“We have severally called for the creation of an independent Ombudsman that will be charged with investigation of all use of lethal force to ascertain that the armed forces are not using those maximum force arbitrarily and in a way that is unconstitutional.
“Our main concern is that the armed forces must not be allowed to turn Imo state into a theatre of war. The issues surrounding the setting up of Eastern Security Network are such that military force is not necessary since the measure is put in place to protect the region from attackers masquerading as armed Fulani herdsmen but there are possibilities that Eastern Security Network, ESN and the Ebubeagu Security Network can be synchronised and made to work as one for the interest of helping the law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order and stop the incessant attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen,” the statement read in part.