The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has urged Southeastern Governors to probe the Department of State Services’ (DSS) activities in the region, claiming that residents have been killed.
The rights group made the statement in response to news that a DSS operative was shot and killed by a police officer in Imo State on Tuesday while facing unknown gunmen.
According to HURIWA, the Nigerian secret police may be involved in the unidentified gunmen spreading mayhem in the region.
HURIWA, which criticized the Southeast Governors’ recent decision to crack down on any members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who are found enforcing the region’s sit-at-home order, expressed regret that “Igbo political leaders are busy chasing shadows and failing to take deep measures to check the expanding frontiers of coordinated attacks against residents of the South East of Nigeria.”
Only “pragmatic measures are required to bring to an end the escalating security issues currently devouring the entire region and other parts of the country,” according to Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko of HURIWA.
“HURIWA is once again constrained to voice loud displeasure and outrage at the clear absence of any pragmatic approaches by Igbo leaders and Governors, with the majority of the decisions reached on Tuesday in Enugu being cosmetic, impractical, and utopian,” the statement says in part.
“Wishing for an end to the sit-at-home order, which has been violently enforced despite the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) denying responsibility for issuing the order, demonstrates that these so-called political, religious, and cultural leaders are living in the World of Utopia.
“The most pragmatic approach is to negotiate an end to IPOB’s designation as a terrorist organization, establish constructive back-channel dialogues with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, and his members, consider conditional release of all IPOB prisoners of conscience, including their leader, and for the government to realistically investigate the possibility that Miyetti Allah may have a hand in the activities of the so-called unrest.”