By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A non-profit organization and rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has slammed Nigerian security agencies of faking killings of terrorists operating in the North-East, while extra-judicially killing innocent Igbo youths in the South-East geopolitical zone.
Questioning the veracity of the claim by the police that it had neutralized the killers of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Gulag, HURIWA charged the Imo State Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, to carry out a thorough investigation to ascertain whether the dead bodies being paraded are actually those of the late politician’s murderers.
HURIWA’s Executive Director, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made the association’s position known via a signed statement which read, “The police and soldiers are roaming about the streets of Owerri and somewhere in Enugu and even interrupted a church service just to arrest the entire congregation for being members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB. But armed Fulani herdsmen are having field days in Niger state, Benue state and North-West region of Nigeria killing, maiming, kidnapping and destroying citizens and their property but these same soldiers and police who are actually killing suspected members of IPOB including innocent Igbo youths, have always carried out “audio” and fake raids of Zamfara forests and Kaduna forests.
“The police in Imo state blamed the dead man for his unfortunate fate because in their irrational word, Ahmed Gulak left his hostel room to the airport without informing the police and so, had no Police escorts. Now, the fact is that the acting Inspector General of Police had announced withdrawal of all police escorts attached to Very Important Persons, VIPs, in South-East and South-South as previously reported in the media. So how is the Commissioner of Police in Imo state blaming the victim of an unfortunate assassination for the cruel fate that befell him when it was the IGP who announced withdrawal of police escorts?