Anambra Election: Release 5,000 Arrested IPOB, ESN Suspects, Demilitarize Southeast – Ezeife to FG

The federal government has been urged to release 5,000 Igbo youths accused of being members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network.

Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra State and Chairman of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum made the call saying such step will help in ensuring peace ahead of the November 6 governorship election in the State.

He also urged the FG to embrace dialogue ahead of the election.

He called for the demilitarization of the South East before the election.

Speaking at a press conference, Ezeife appealed to the Federal Government to opt for “non-kinetic measures” would restore peace to the region and ensure the election is conducted without any hindrances.

He said: “Our attention has been drawn to the increasing militarisation of the South East, and the consequent built-up tension and security challenges in the zone, thus threatening a hitch-free conduct of the scheduled November 6, 2021 Anambra State election.

“The increasing insecurity in the South East has taken a frightening dimension and remains a terrible and worrisome puzzle that must be addressed.

“We, therefore call on the Federal Government to demilitarise the South East.

“Similarly, the Federal Government should immediately release the over 5,000 Igbo youths arrested by security agencies, and dumped in different detention camps in various parts of the country under dehumanising conditions in the name of unknown gunmen, IPOB, ESN, among others.”

Ezeife noted that of the Southeast would ensure a free and fair election during the Anambra State governorship poll.

“It is our firm belief that a secured and peaceful environment is indispensable for the conduct of free, fair and credible election in any democratic state, including Anambra State,” he added.

Lately, there has been rising tension in the South-East with regards to insecurity.

Some people have been killed while properties were destroyed as a result of activities of unknown gunmen believed to be either members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Eastern Security Network, ESN, or Biafra National Guard, BNG.

These groups claim to be fighting for the actualization of Biafra, a situation that has escalated into criminals hijacking the agitation and perpetuating all manner of evil in the South-East.

On Monday, the Nigerian Army insisted that IPOB members are responsible for the insecurity in the South-East.

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