No fewer than 3,250 individuals within the South-East area had been unlawfully arrested and detained by the joint forces of the Nigerian Army and the police since January 2021.
A report by human rights’ group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, acknowledged this, including that out of the over 300, the whereabouts of about 820 individuals couldn’t be ascertained, whereas greater than 580 others had been feared killed in detention.
The report, which was made accessible to SaharaReporters on Wednesday, was signed by Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chinwe Umeche, Obianuju Igboeli, and Chidimma Udegbunam.
“No fewer than 3,250 mostly Igbo citizens have been unlawfully arrested or abducted by Nigerian security forces since January 2021.
“And if counted from October and November 2020 with the addition of 550 abducted victims of the Obigbo, Rivers State’s massacre, then it will be correct to say that a total of 3,800 Igbo citizens were unlawfully arrested or abducted without trial and investigation between October 21 and August 10, 2021, a period of nine months and twenty days,” the report reads.
In the report, Imo and Rivers states received the very best numbers of arrests with over 900 individuals every. Abia State got here subsequent with 470 victims and Ebonyi had 400 individuals detained by the Nigerian safety operatives.
“The not less than 3,800 unlawfully arrested persons included many of the 580 killed and all the 820 disappeared citizens; out of which 2,400 were taken into custody alive and released or still detained alive. Also out of the 1,400 others, the whereabouts of 820 is unknown or presumed dead in custody while 580 others are traceably found to have to been killed.
“The breakdown of the 3,250-3800 abductees further showed that Imo and Rivers states recorded the highest number with 900 arrests each, followed by Abia State, 470, Ebonyi State, 400, Anambra, 300; Delta, Enugu and Cross River; 150 each and Akwa Ibom; 100.”
According to the group, the troopers and sister safety companies deployed to the area additionally aided and abetted the killer herdsmen in killing and plundering the communities.
The group claimed that the safety personnel restricted volunteers, largely youths who engaged in defending and securing their territorial boundaries in opposition to the assailants for the protection of their lives and properties.
It added that the identical calamity had befallen the Christians in Plateau State and the Southern a part of Kaduna State, who had turn into the victims of the marauding Fulani and the nation’s safety forces.
“And previously 23 days or between nineteenth July and tenth August 2021, 50 individuals have been killed. Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have brazenly been accused of aiding anti-Christian butcheries by herdsmen in locations reminiscent of Miango (Irigwe) and Kauru/Zango-Kataf areas of Plateau and the Southern Kaduna area.