A coalition of civil society organisations has acknowledged that the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has displayed unprofessionalism by ordering the Indigenous People of Biafra members to be shot useless within the South-East.
The coalition of 19 civil societies declared that Baba is unfit to steer the Nigeria Police Force and will subsequently not be confirmed by the National Assembly.
The civil societies acknowledged these in a state-of-the-country launch on Saturday, including that the police needs to be cautious about arresting and parading harmless residents within the South-East states as IPOB members with out deep investigation.
Some of the CSOs are Spaces for Change, African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, COMPPART Foundation for Justice and Peacebuilding, Orlu Security Peace Holders Initiative, Initiative for Public Safety, Security and Educational Development in Nigeria, Public Enlightenment Projects (PEP), African Centre for Entrepreneurship and Information Development, and the Centre Against Injustice and Domestic Violence.
Others are World Impact Development Foundation, Ace & Vanguard Legal Practitioners, Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication, The Difference Newspapers, Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights, Nde Oduko Foundation, RULAAC, Human Rights Social Development and Environmental Foundation and the Media Initiative in opposition to Injustice, Violence and Corruption.
The organisations stated, “We are extra urgently involved by the Inspector General of Police’s directive to cops to implement the President’s unconstitutional shoot at sight order and his additional express directive that they need to go after IPOB members and kill them. He additionally expressly requested them to disregard the principles of engagement- together with observing the precept of proportionality in the usage of pressure and firearms, with assurances that nothing will occur to them in the event that they abuse human rights.
“Following the stated IGP’s reckless, unprofessional and harmful directive, the police in Imo State have gone all out on indiscriminate mass raids, arresting, parading and killing folks labelling them IPOB with out proof. We have acquired disturbing studies in regards to the invasion of markets and different public locations by cops who have interaction in sporadic taking pictures and indiscriminate arrest of younger males, a few of whom are stabbed with daggers and brought away in police autos undisclosed locations.
“Raids and indiscriminate mass arrests of no less than 107 persons from various locations in Owerri have also been reported and kangaroo mass trials conducted in a police car park and other locations outside the courtroom based on frivolous charges and remanded in prison thereby complicating the problem of prison congestion.”
The civil societies added that the Nigeria Police has a Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement however the IGP discarded them and directed cops to behave in blatant violation of these.
They stated, “Based on the Acting IGP’s reckless and harmful utterances and directives to cops to ignore the Code of conduct and guidelines of engagement, we hereby convey our opposition to his affirmation as substantive IGP. We name on the Police Council and the Senate to, within the public curiosity, muster the braveness to say no affirmation of Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, as substantive IGP.
“He is unfit and unsuitable to be appointed to move a rustic’s lead safety company. He is certainly a risk to public security and safety. We name for an unbiased investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a minimum of 107 residents of Owerri Imo State who have been additionally alleged to be IPOB members and arraigned on the preposterous allegation of makes an attempt to overthrow President Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodinma.
“We also call for investigations into all other killings in Imo State by both the military and police and an end to predatory policing tactics.”