Intersociety Accuses FG, Security Agents of Gross Human Rights Abuses

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The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of gross human rights violation aided by the activities of the security agencies.

This was contained in a well detailed statement signed by the Board Chairman, Intersociety, Emeka Umeagbalasi, titled: “Ethnic Bloodshed, Rights Abuses & Other Regime Atrocities In Nigeria: Exposing The Conspiratorial Roles Of Some CSOs, Buhari Administration & Security Forces”.

Umeagbalasi, in the statement, gave instances of what the group viewed as the conspiratoral roles of the security agents, in the state of insecurity and killings across the country.

He noted that while the security agencies including the military, Nigerian Police and Department of State Security Service (DSS), were quick to act in arresting and quelling protests by members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), they were on the other hand slow to act in defence of the defenceless citizens in Agatu in Bunue and Nimbo at Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State massacred by suspected herdsmen.

The group also cited the speed with which the DSS alleged that about five “Hausa-Fulani” were killed and buried in a shallow grave but have been silent on the alleged killings of over 80 IPOB members and as well as the “butchery” of over 400 people in Agatu, Nimbo and other parts of the country by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Part of the statement read: “As recently as Saturday, 30th of April 2016, the Governor of Enugu State, Hon Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi made a shocking revelation of how relevant security chiefs in the State including the CP and the GOC of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army were duly informed over eight hours before the Ukpabi-Nimbo Fulani killings, yet they could not do anything. The State CP, Ekechukwu Nwodibo, obviously acting on a script from the above, had after the butchery claimed that “hoodlums not Fulani herders (Janjaweed) carried out the killings”.