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Imo military invasion: Rights group condemns Uzodinma, S’east govs, urge immediate release of suspects

A rights group, Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, Southeast zone has condemned the Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma for inviting the army to invade the state, over unrest that occurred within the state not too long ago.

The group additionally condemned the Southeast governors for sustaining silence after the state was taken over by the army, with severe psychological impact on the folks of the state.

Individuals suspected to be members of Jap Safety Community, ESN, the safety arm of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) had been concerned in a conflict with safety operatives, resulting in the invitation of the army by the governor

However CLO in a press launch by its Southeast chairman, Mr Aloysius Attah condemned the army invasion and occupation of Orlu and a few elements of the southeast.

The group stated the militarization of Igbo land when no a part of the zone is at warfare both with itself or their neighbours would have long run penalties which if not nipped within the bud will almost certainly swallow many with its attendant casualties.

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A part of the discharge learn, “The proudly owning up of Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State of his tacit approval for such unwarranted army operation is a transparent signal of a frontrunner who doesn’t really feel the heartbeat of his folks to know their emotions and wishes.

“It additionally smacks of a foisted chief who got here to cope with his folks as an alternative of main them and attending to their welfare.”

“Since this unlucky army operation, a number of casualties have been recorded whereas the folks whose locations have been invaded with army {hardware}, weapons and males have been traumatized each day.”

The group added that, “The silence of the governors of the states within the southeast geopolitical zone will not be solely condemnable however goes a protracted technique to show the disconnect between them and the individuals who truly maintain the sovereignty of the workplaces they occupy and the enter legitimacy from which their authorities derives acceptability and powers to control.

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“We’re incensed over the latest parade of a so-called 20 (16 males and 4 feminine suspects stated to be members of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) arrested by troops beneath 82 division Nigerian Military, Enugu.

“Anybody who noticed the photographs of the paraded suspects doesn’t want any forensic skilled to decipher that some harmless folks have been arrested and labelled menace components simply to show that the military is working,” the group stated.

The group expressed unhappiness {that a} authorities that negotiates with bandits, treats killer herders as untouchables and types Igbo self-determination group as terrorists.

It warned that such an perspective can solely breed violence and accompanied state-sponsored repression if not redressed.

It known as on the army to rapidly launch the suspects and search for a greater technique to have interaction with the folks, with a view to amending the already damaged belief the federal government has left the folks with.

Imo army invasion: Rights group condemns Uzodinma, S’east govs, urge fast launch of suspects

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