An Anambra State- based human rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law ( Intersociety) has bemoaned the killing of a police Inspector, and setting ablaze of police patrol van during the recent clash between the police and members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) at Nnewi, the Anambra State industrial-cum-commercial town.
Lamenting that the incident exposed how ill equipped and inefficient Nigeria police is, the human rights group, chided the police for resorting to arresting innocent traders in the area after being overwhelmed by their attackers.
In a statement issued by the group’s Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Mazi Emeka Umeagbalasi, and, secretary, Chidinma Udegbunam, and, made available to LEADERSHIP in Awka, the Anambra State capital yesterday, the human rights body chronicled the number of police officers allegedly killed by herdsmen, especially in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria without any significant arrests made of the perpetrators. It said that it was wrong for police to go into the markets in Nnewi to arrest innocent traders over the clash between them ( policemen) and the IPOB members.
Intersociety described the arrest and parading of the Nnewi traders as suspects by the Force Public Relations Officer ( FPPO), acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jimo Moshood, without a conclusive diligent investigation as “clear confirmation of selective enforcement of the law and racial profiling of citizens of Igbo nation.”
The statement reads in part, “While Intersociety is not condoning the criminal act of attacking police officers on duty resulting in their death or injury anywhere in Nigeria, but the rush with which the Inspector General of Police responded and flew the Force Public Relations Officer to Anambra State for the purpose of effecting the criminal parading of the arrested citizens before the media without comprehensive and conclusive investigations is roundly viewed with utter shock and condemnation.
“It is also a clear confirmation of ‘selective enforcement of the law’ and ‘racial profiling’ of citizens of Igbo Nation under complaint.
“Countless number of police officers have been targeted and killed in the North particularly in the Middle Belt by herdsmen, yet the IGP did not shut down the Force Information Bureau or relocated same to the crime scene the way and manner he responded to the alleged beating to death of a Police Inspector in Nnewi or in the case of hundreds of defenceless civilians that are killed on monthly basis in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.
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