‘Mil­i­tary In­va­sion Of South­east Act Of Geno­cide’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Isa Ab­dul­salami Ahovi, Jos

Ase­nior lawyer, Mr. Gabriel Of­fodile Okafor, SAN, has de­scribed the de­ploy­ment and in­va­sion of South­east by the mil­i­tary as an act of geno­cide against peace lov­ing peo­ple.

Okafor ap­pealed to all lovers of Nige­ria to per­suade those in power to re­mem­ber that in­stru­ment of state power should be used only for the ben­e­fit of cit­i­zens, point­ing out that a tri­pod can­not stand for long on only two legs.

In a state­ment to The Guardian, yes­ter­day, the se­nior ad­vo­cate, de­clared: “It is in­hu­man and bar­baric for sol­diers and se­cu­rity forces paid with tax­pay­ers money to turn their gun with live bul­lets against in­no­cent cit­i­zens, even if armed with mere sticks. The Nige­rian Con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion and law­ful assem­bly with­out let or hindrance.”

Okafor said that to fight se­cu­rity chal­lenges, such as, rob­bery and kid­nap­ping is very com­mend­able, but noted that to de­ploy Ar­moured Per­son­nel Carriers (APC) against un­armed peo­ple in the guise of fight­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges was un­ac­cept­able.

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