The Inspector General of Police’s order to shoot-on-sight has been criticised by Afenifere, a socio-political organisation, as dangerous and undemocratic.
Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the organization’s acting leader, said this in a statement posted on Thursday.
Adebanjo, the Afenifere leader, claimed the directive jeopardises the fate of people in Southeast Nigeria, whom he believes are in danger under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Adebanjo, who said the issue should worry well-intentioned Nigerians, claimed the directive was aimed at Igbo youths protesting instead of embracing discussion.
The Afenifere acting leader pointed out that Buhari’s Fulani ethnic group did not suffer the similar fate.
“While Buhari allows his Fulani people to wander freely, killing, maiming, and raping while protecting and delaying Fulani herdsmen without a restraining order, he commands his mostly northern troops to shoot Igbo youths on sight,” he stated in a statement.
In response to the recent killings in Benue State, Adebanjo said that as one of the leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum who travelled to Makurdi at the time, he witnessed firsthand the positive identification of the assassins by the Benue State Government, and that despite the indisputable identify of the killers, all Buhari had to say to the governor was, “Accommodate your neighbours.”
However, the Anambra State Police Command has stated that the directive given by Ag. IGP Usman Baba to personnel to carry the fight against crime and criminals to their dens was not directed at innocent and law-abiding persons in the South-east.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, Anambra’s Police Public Relations Officer, stated this in an Awka statement yesterday.
According to Ikenga, the Police High Command made a concerted effort to restore security in the South East.
According to the PPRO, the operation “Restore Peace” was formed primarily to carry out the goal.
According to him, the present high command is concerned about the recent increase in crime in the zone, particularly deliberate attacks on security officers and national assets.
“This operation is one-of-a-kind, with the goal of restoring peace, justice, and order. As a result, we ask citizens of Anambra to cooperate with the police and other security authorities.
“I want to reassure everyone that this operation is people-driven and that it will be reviewed at regular intervals to solve difficulties.
“It is not directed against lawful and innocent members of society,” he clarified.
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