By Fidel Ozugha
Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, has condemned the alleged ‘war-grade invasion of Obigbo by the Nigerian Military on the invitation of the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike.’ ADF, in a press release made available to The Nationguardnews.com, explained that after an extensive review and reflection, regretted that such a war-grade genocide was unleashed on Obigbo, based on allegations that IPOB attacked security posts and killed some security personnel. According to the content of the press release signed by Abia Onyike who is the Chairman of Bureau on Media and Publicity, ”ADF does not and will not condone any unprovoked attack on Security Officers of the State unless such an attack was in self-defense. On this particular case, we expect that the State has adequate intelligence machinery to meticulously identify the culprits who actually attacked the State Security personnel. Indeed, the same security intelligence which indicted IPOB members as the culprits should also be capable of fishing out the real culprits. It appears this was not the case. Instead, the Government (of Rivers State) embarked on a transfer of criminal liability and ordered the Military to pounce upon and kill several peace-loving and innocent citizens of Obigbo.”
The Igbo group noted ”with horror the alleged gruesome murder of over 40 persons in Obigbo, and about 100 wounded others, through “the horrific bloodshed and massive extrajudicial killings in Nigeria’s Oyigbo Community” as reported by Premium Times Nigerian News and Sahara Reporters that ‘Nigerian Army secretly airlifts alleged IPOB members arrested in Rivers State to detain them at notorious Kainji Barracks in Niger State.’ The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) hereby with tears in our eyes call on the United Nations and other world powers to prevail on the Rivers State Government and the Nigerian Government to release without any further delay those innocent victim who are still alive; Rivers State Government should institute an urgent Judicial Commission of inquiry to uncover both the background and the extent of the killings as well as the identity, number and state of all those secretly airlifted to Minna, Niger State who are currently in detention.
The group also demanded unconditional release of all those in Government custody; adequate compensation for all the victims of this grue-some massacre as well as pay adequate compensation and undertake the rehabilitation of affected families and the surviving victims.We expect that Government shall take care of the security forces who may have died or wounded in the course of the unfortunate episode. ADF and the Coalition of Igbo Religious and Civil Society Organizations shall petition the United Nations (UN) and the Government of the United States (USA) and European Union(EU) to press for the seizure of the properties of the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike and to place him on a VISA ban with restrictions from traveling to Western Europe and the Americas.
ADF condemned the Igbo attitude of leaders who went to Port-Harcourt on a jamboree and paid a solidarity visit to Gov. Wike without visiting the scene of the genocide nor even expressing their sympathy for the innocent Igbo sons and daughters massacred in the course of this carnage.
”We expect Governor Wike to tender an unreserved apology for his role in the bloody carnage. At the same time we condemn all those who incite the youths to unnecessary reckless acts of heroism. Enough is enough! What the Igbo predicament demands now are very strategic and measured actions to protect our people from those who wish to destroy their lives, economy and
civilization and take over their ancestral homes,” group explained in their release.