The Igbo National Council (INC), a sociopolitical organization, has called on the governors of southeastern states, south-west region and the North central region to declare a state of emergency on terrorism and insecurity ravaging Nigeria.
The group said the escalation of terrorism, banditry and wanton killings in the Igbo nation in recent times calls for thorough forensic audit of the insecurity in these regions and urgent overhaul of the nation’s security architecture.
The INC made the call in a statement signed by its National President, Chilos Godsent, and made available to bioreports on Sunday while expressing worries on the state of terrorism and insecurity in the Igbo nations States, the South-West and North central regions of Nigeria.
The Igbo council urged state governors to deploy the use of local traditional vigilante outfits to combat terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and all criminal elements terrorizing the people.
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According to the organization, It’s evidently clear that many Nigerians have lost confidence to entrust their safety in the hands of the Federal Government forces.
The Igbo National Council also raised concern over alleged molestation and arbitrary arrest and shooting of innocent civilians by security operatives.
According to group, “We will recall that few months ago the United States Intelligence Agency published statement informing the Southern Nigerian Governments and people that large number of trained fighters of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Islamic State (ISIS), Pan-Islamic Militant Organization (Al-Qaeda) and Boko Haram have moved into many states in Southern Nigeria with the intention to carry out coordinated deadly terrorist attacks on government facilities, public places, business places, worship places and also to randomly kill security agents and civilians in other to cause panic and a state of chaos in these regions so that the Federal Government of Nigeria capitalize on these uncontrollable state of insecurity to pound the region with Federal Government Forces in disguise of hunting for the Unknown GunMen of the IPOB or ESN militants.
“We are aware of the programs of forceful conquest of the lands of the aboriginal Nigerian people by the International Fulani Expansionist Movement in Africa. It may baffle many critical thinkers why the Nigerian Joint Security Operatives has not proven their gallant capacity to confront this evil gang of Unknown Gun Men (UGM) during their operations or in the period of their attacks on the streets of the Igbo Nation States and bring the perpetrators to book with clear identity of who they are so Nigerians can be sure who this evil gangs of Unknown Gun Men (UGM) are and for what interest are they killings Nigerians for. Rather what we have noticed is that after the attacks by the Unknown Gun Men, the Nigerian Security Operatives will move to the scene of the attack and begin to molest people, arbitrary arrest and shoot civilians that may have known nothing about the attack.
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“It has been alleged that many of the people arrested are still languishing in many detention centers across Nigeria, many were seriously tortured while many also can no longer be accounted for. This wicked act has made it very difficult for Nigerians to cooperate with Security agents and also pass intelligence to them once they notice suspicious movement in their neighborhoods”.
On the suspension of the supplies of onions to the southeast region, INC thanked the Onion Producers Marketers Association of Nigerian (OPMAN) leadership for taking this bold decision at this critical time in the life of Nigeria.
The organization unilaterally supported the decision and called on other northern Nigeria food vendors to take similar decision as that will compel the Igbo nation to look inward and start investments in Agro-economic value chain products as part of INC program to re-invent the spirit of the Igbo nation for self-sustenance and self-preservation.
“We are very tired of depending on food supply from the northern Nigeria region. We must start to explore our nature given resources abound in our territory, “the INC lamented.
The leadership of the OPMAN led by Halilu Muhammed had ordered the suspension of supplies of onions to the southeast region, citing the growing state of insecurity.
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