PARIS, APRIL 6, 2016: (DGW) - WHO ordered the armed invasion of Ugwuleshi community in Awgu Local Council of Enugu State? This is the question that has been raised by Igbo youth under the aegis of Igbo Youths Movement.
In a statement issued by the group founder Evangelist Eliot Uko, they among other things urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe without delay the recent arrest of no fewer than 76 farmers in the above-named community over a planned protest against the incessant attacks launched by Fulani herdsmen in the region.
They expressed concern over the arrest of the 76 men by armed soldiers from Abia military base instead of policemen. While condemning the development, the Igbo Youths Movement said that the incident is capable of setting a very bad precedence for Nigeria if not properly addressed.
Part of the statement read, ‘’The army should not be easily drawn into policing, especially when emotions are high over the notorious impunity of the Fulani herdsmen. The decision to use soldiers instead of the police was a wrong choice. Did the governors of both Abia and Enugu, specifically ask for soldiers t o cart away the farmers? Who gave the order authorizing the military to wade in? Why did the military deny that they were involved at the onset? Nobody believes the funny narrative of fake soldiers in military uniform and military trucks; we think someone is trying to cover up the obvious use of the Army to settle ethnic scores.
‘’We demand a thorough investigation to the use of the Army to round up and cart away all the able-bodied young men in Ugwuleshi village, over incessant attacks from Fulani herdsmen. Only a thorough probe of the incident and punishment meted out to whoever ordered soldiers to invade the community, would assuage the feeling of unjust intimidation and persecution, pervading Ugwuleshi and environs at the moment, the statement added.