Rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, yesterday linked Monday’s attack on a correctional facility and Police Command in Owerri as a plot to destabilize the South-East geo-political zone.
The group queried the methodology deployed by the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in arriving at the conclusion that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was the mastermind of the violent attacks.
According to HURIWA, the speed with which the police “investigated and unmasked” perpetrators of the heinous acts, “lacks forensic evidence,” and should as a result, be taken with a pinch of salt.
Addressing the press yesterday, Emmanuel Onwubiko, Executive Director of HURIWA, also faulted the terrorism tag associated with the tragedy and accused President Muhammadu Buhari of playing ethnic cards with matters of security.
He said: “Where were the solid evidences and when were forensic investigations by police carried out or do they work by beer parlour rumours?
“Where were the police, army, Department of State Security, DSS and Civil Defence when these attackers struck in Owerri and reportedly operated for three hours to an extent that even ‘akara’ sellers videoed the incidents but no one counter attack was launched?
“Is it not these police, soldiers, DSS that usually get wind of IPOB meetings and Eastern Security Network, ESN, camps and usually launch massive counter operations to nip their activities in the bud with many of the alleged IPOB members killed extra-judicially?
” But gunmen struck and destroyed strategic national security assets in Owerri and rather than for IGP, Director General of DSS, Army Chief and Comptroller General of Prisons to resign for dereliction of duty or be queried by the Commander-in-Chief, the president is quoted to have bought into the propaganda by the former IGP that IPOB was involved?
“Why the haste to deploy the military to the South East if there is no agenda already packaged long ago, only waiting for the trigger to now launch the planned attack?
”Is the government rewarding failures of all the relevant heads of security institutions who went to bed and were deep asleep or pretended to be asleep when these violent criminals hit the prisons and destroyed the entire facility belonging to the police and yet the military has a base only a few minutes’ walk from where these gunmen attacked in Obinze?”