The Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), has asked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to immediately resign over wanton killings of unarmed youths and protesters in their states.
HURIDE also urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army to stop further massacre of Igbo youth in Oyigbo (Obigbo) Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), HURIDE, Dede Uzor A Uzor, in a press conference called on Governor Wike and the Army to immediately withdraw soldiers who have been committing cold murder in Obigbo.
Dede Uzor said Wike’s alibi that he did not send the Army to kill Igbo youth fell like a pack of card in the face of the fact that he invited the Army to Obigbo, where about six soldiers were allegedly killed during the protest that turned violence.
His motive for the invitation was obvious and that was kill in mass Igbo youths in Obigbo Local Government, Dede Uzor stressed.
He queried if IPOB members have anything to identify them except that they are young and Igbos”. Therefore, when he invited the Army which is itching for revenge to deal with IPOB members the motive was clear, to kill Igbo youth in mass, the chairman said.
He described as reprehensible and despicable the decision to send soldiers to quell a supposedly civil matters, instead of confronting the Boko Haram, bandits and Fulani Herdsmen who seemed to have defied the Nigerian Army.
The role of the military, said Dede Uzor, is to protect the territorial integrity of the nation by assuring external aggression, and not to be deployed to kill defenceless youth of Obigbo in the name of searching for IPOB members.
He maintained that Nigerians are yet to recover from the bloody murder of Nigerian youths at Lekki toll gate by some people believed to be Nigerian soldiers, before another murderous detachment was sent to Obigbo to kill the youth there.
“This is unacceptable under a democratic set up. This can only happen in Nigeria. Under former President Olusegun Obasanjo troops were sent to Odi in Rivers State and Zak Ibiam in Benue’ State, where they wasted hundreds of human lives. It is only in Nigeria that troops are sent to kill innocent and defenceless citizens” Dede Uzor pointed out.
He argued that IPOB members do not carry identification cards, neither do they put on uniform and queried how the soldiers could identify that it was IPOB members who perpetrated the violence in Obigbo Rivers State.
He said “if IPOB members were responsible for the arson in Rivers, who were responsible for the killings and destruction in other parts of the country like Edo State, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Anambra, Lagos, Oyo and other states of the country,” he asked.
HURIDE boss said Wike’s alleged desperation for the Vice-President of Nigeria is deriving him to please his new masters, the oligarchy but should not make him to sacrifice Igbo youths at the altar of his ambition.
The chairman called on international community, the UN, European Union (EU), AU, ECOWAS, the President of US, British Prime Minister, Russian President, Chinese President, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Intersocity among others to come to the rescue of Igbo youths in Rivers State, particularly in Obigbo. He called for the probe of the killings in Lekki and Obigbo.
He also called on International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate all these killings and bring the perpetrators to justice to serve as deterrents to others, Dede Uzor adds.