Abuja – The Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI) has demanded the declaration of a state of emergency and prosecution of state security personnel after the death of over 1 000 civilians in the crisis allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsman.
IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, condemned the latest killings, recorded in Enugu State, southeast of the country, where at least 50 people lost their lives, countless others maimed while churches and other property were burnt down.
The organisation condemned these as acts of terror.
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke, President IEI, and the organisation’s Secretary, Lawrence Nwobu, jointly stated reports from various sources have confirmed that as these terrorist attacks were ongoing, the federal government and colluding security services such as the Nigerian army, Department of State Services and Police refused to intervene to stop the reported carnage.
The officials said as a last ditch effort to save the situation, they made some demands.
“That the federal government should immediately declare a state of emergency against the terrorist activities of Fulani herdsmen and accordingly disarm the errant herdsmen and arrest the culprits implicated in the Enugu massacre and other atrocities across the nation,” IEI demanded.
“That the federal government should as a matter of urgency remove and prosecute the Chief of Army staff, the director general of DSS, IG of Police, the GOC 82 division Enugu and the Enugu state commissioner of police for criminal/treasonable collusion and dereliction of duty.”
IEI demanded that the federal government should immediately overhaul and restructure the army, DSS, police and other security services in view of professionalising them.
The organisation demanded that all movement of cows and herdsmen should be by trucks or by train as the case maybe and the herdsmen should enter negotiations with states and or local governments to lease land.
That the federal government should as a matter of urgency either organise a sovereign national conference or implement the 2014 national conference report as a strategy to tackle the nation’s growing existential crisis.
Finally, IEI called on the governors to evolve a better trained and equipped local vigilante service to protect the villages.
“We also call for a total boycott of beef as an interim measure, and for all communities within the frontlines to be vigilant and to take all necessary proactive steps to defend themselves by any means necessary against the invading terrorists.”
- CAJ News