***Cites 350 Killed, 600 Missing And 2500 Abducted
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (InterSociety) has raised concerns and alarm over the alleged ongoing genocide in the Eastern parts of Nigeria being perpetuated by security agencies.
Reeling out statistics, InterSociety claimed that over the past 160 days, 350 had been Killed, 600 Missing and 2,500 abducted or arrested By soldiers, Police, and other security agencies under spurious circumstances.
In its updated report on the mindless killings in the Eastern parts made available to media men, the InterSociety called for “urgent and ‘red signals’ attention of Governments of developed nations and international community to the violations of the Eastern Nigeria by security agencies.
The developed nations and international community include the following: the United States, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and the European Union; the Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the United Nations Human Rights and Humanitarian bodies, international human rights and justice bodies, the International Criminal Court, internationally respected persons, international religious freedom bodies and other disciples and apostles of human rights, justice and democracy across the globe.
According to InterSociety, “This urgent international clarion call is sequel to ongoing genocidal attacks on defenseless civilians in Eastern Nigeria, done in total disregard to the country’s international obligations and laid down rules including respect for human rights and sanctity of human life as well as rules governing internal policing operations and armed conflict.”
It alleged among other things that “The ongoing attacks are so horrifying and genocidal that the present Muslim dominated and controlled security forces and the state backed Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen have laid a siege on the two regions and rapaciously engaged in indiscriminate and wanton killing of their defenseless citizens and falsely labeling them in whole as “terrorists that must be pursued and massively killed”.
“Since January 2021, no fewer than 150 defenseless Igbo Christians have been hacked to death by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen across the Southeast and till date, the security forces have looked the other side, to the extent that not even a single Fulani Herdsman has been arrested and put on trial.
It said in the present circumstance, “defenseless Igbo citizens are indiscriminately and randomly shot and killed or arrested or abducted, shot dead in captivity and criminally labeled without any form of conclusive investigations.”
Further, InterSociety said: “The heinous war crimes act of depopulation, targeted at wiping out the productive and reproductive young male generation of the present Igbo Nation-State and cutting down its future male populations is also up and running at high speed in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo as well as Igbo part of Rivers, Delta, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.
In the report endorsed by Emeka Umeagbalasi, Criminologist/Board Chairman and three others, InterSociety alleged that Imo and Abia States are the worst hit accounting for majority of the killings, disappearances and abductions or arrests.