A group called the Igbo National Council (INC) has called on Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Nigerian Army to stop the alleged raiding and arrest of young men and women in their communities.
The group accused the Army of indiscriminate arrest of Igbo men and women in some communities in Ohai-Egbema and Oguta Local Government areas of Imo State under the guise that they are searching for members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and with links to the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a statement on Wednesday by its President, Chilos Godsent, the group said that the clandestine arrests started on Sunday April 18 in communities in Agwa Clan and Izombe in Oguta LGA of the state.
It said it would not accept a repeat of the Oyigbo saga in Rivers State where over five hundred Igbo young men and women were arrested, adopted and taken to a secret location in the North where some are alleged to have died out of trauma and torture while some are yet to return to their families.
The group further called on Imo indigenes and Igbos in the country to swiftly move to condemn the ongoing extra-judicial killings of Igbo youths allegedly perpetrated by men of the Nigerian Army.