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Deploying more security agents in South-East’ll aggravate extrajudicial killings, HURIWA warns

Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, on Wednesday, said the recent approval by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) that additional security personnel be deployed in the South-East will aggravate extrajudicial killings in the zone.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the path to lasting peace and security in Imo, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, and Abia is true federalism which allows state governors to have control over security agents as the Chief Security Officers of their individual states.

For about one year, the South-East has become another killing field as non-state actors and state actors clash perpetually. Scores of police stations have been razed and government institutions, as well as private assets, have also been detonated by rampaging gunmen, with mounting casualty toll.

The most recent in the orgy of violence was the Saturday bombing of the Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters situated at the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, where two police constabularies were killed. The country home of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, at Awo-Omanma in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo, was also razed.

The President recently summoned Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State over the rising killings and attacks, where the latter accused aggrieved politicians of orchestrating the unchecked violence in Imo. The governor also said the President approved the request for the deployment of more security personnel in the state.

Reacting, HURIWA faulted the deployment of extra security agents, saying such moves have not worked in the past but worsened the security crisis in Imo and other South-East states.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “To start with, the effects of violence, killings, arsons, organised terrorism that have swept around Imo State is worrisome. The constant deployments of soldiers and other security agents in the state and others in the South-East zone have proven ineffective. It is even disturbing that soldiers whose job mainly is to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria are deployed in Igboland.

“At this time, the deployment of more security agents is a bad decision. The move showcases the non-functionality of federalism as it should be because governors who are Chief Security Officers of their states have no control of even the police and so we see a dysfunctional democracy and federalism in which the President who heads the executive arm of government at the center ‘summoning’ governors who ought to be the executive heads of their federation units.

“This is the strongest reason for the right constitutional amendments to confer proper executive powers to the federating units in the area of securing their people.

“Secondly, sending more troops and arms at first value is good but it won’t solve the problem because the Federal Government is not tackling the problems from the roots which is to reorganize the heads of the security agencies in the South East so they are more effective.”

“Furthermore, the collaborators of the attackers within the security agencies in the South-East must be identified and fished out and prosecuted for sabotaging the security of the South-East zone. Unless these saboteurs amongst the security agents are fished out and flushed out, there is no possibility of resolving the problems in a lasting manner since the conflict entrepreneurs who benefit from the terrorism in the South East will continue to stoke up the fire of violence.

“Let the President do the needful. Sending all the soldiers to the East won’t solve the problems but will heighten tension because more innocent Igbo youth may be killed by these armed security forces.”

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