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Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on agitators in the southeast making a case for self government in the South East to ceasefire and opt for constructive dialogues if they are behind the series of bloody violence just as the Rights group has strongly condemned the violent killing and burning of armed security forces by a yet to be determined group of armed non state actors in Imo State.
In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko which was sent to The Eastern Updates, HURIWA stated that said it is inconceivable that security operatives sent to the state to maintain law and order are subjected to this gruesome and painful death in the hands of a yet to be ascertained bunch of armed non state actors who have thrown Imo State into a state of war, anarchy, doom and bloodbath.
The Rights group has also called on politicians to set their differences aside and work collectively to restore peace, stability and state-wide consensus on how best to bring about total reconciliation and concord in the state hitherto known for its ability to attract tourists from all over the World.
HURIWA has also called for a broad-based investigation of these killings to actually ascertain the suspected killers and for effective justice delivery to be operationalised. ‘We are again calling on the relevant security agencies to investigate the scope of operation of the self acclaimed private soldiers commanded by the former Niger Delta militant leader Mr Asari Dokubo who confirmed that he carried out military operations in the South East under the directive of immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari’.
HURIWA is reacting against the backdrops of the story filtering out of Imo State, that gunmen killed eight security personnel, including soldiers, police officers, and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The Rights group described the crime as despicable, reprehensible and disgusting and appealed for total ceasefire from all armed non state and state actors in Imo State for the sake of the millions of Imo citizens that have faced constant ordeals of witnessing bloody violence intermittently. ‘Imo citizens deserve to live in peace and concord and Imo State has suffered for far too long from unnecessary shedding of innocent blood.’
The tragedy, which occurred on Tuesday morning in Umualumaku village, Ehime Mbano Local Government locals, has caused concern in the locals. HURIWA is warning the Army, DSS, Police not to contemplate carrying out revenge mission which will simply be a targeted genocidal killing of innocent residents.