PDP, Ekweremadu call for investigation of military brutality
Makarfi, PDP, Chairman
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has condemned alleged brutality by the military against members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement issued yesterday by the party’s head of Publicity, Chinwe Nnorom on behalf of the National Publicity Secretary, the (PDP) said members of the Nigerian military are paid to protect lives and not to humiliate the people.
It said: “The PDP is appalled by the emergence of a video clip which has gone viral, that shows acts of humiliation against unarmed civilians by members of the Nigerian military.
“If true, it’s the depth of callousness and a further descent into the gutter by people who are paid to protect life, property as well as the country’s territorial integrity.
“The PDP welcomed the initiative of the Nigerian Army to probe the issue but given the enormity of this allegation and the respect with which we hold life, the party hereby calls for the setting up of an independent panel of experts on human rights to ascertain the veracity of this allegation.
“Where they are proven to be true, the PDP demands that all perpetrators as well as all those connected, however remotely, be immediately brought to justice.
“This would go a long way to not only serve as a deterrent, but also reassure the international community that Nigeria is not a jungle but a decent society where human rights are being promoted,” the statement read in part.”
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, condemned in strong terms the military siege in the South East geo-political zone, noting that dialogue and inclusion were best options in resolving the agitation in the region.
Ekweremadu, however, called on the people of the South-East to remain calm as he and other leaders of the region were engaging the Federal Government in meaningful discussions to ensure that Operation Python Dance II in the zone is called off.
He said: “The military siege in the South East is uncalled for because there is no prevailing situation in the region to warrant it in the first place.
“Instead, it is the Python Dance that appears to be creating problems and raising tension in the region.
“The agitation in the South East at the moment is best resolved by way of dialogue and a sense of inclusion. I want to assure our people that I have been engaging the Presidency and security agencies meaningfully on the issue. It is my hope that the Operation Egwu Eke will be called off.
“Until then, however, I call on the military to respect the rights of citizens. The various videos and reports of gross human rights abuses making the rounds in the social and traditional media are nevertheless very disgusting and disheartening.
“ They should be thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities with a view to establishing the truth and ensuring that no human rights violator goes unpunished.