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CAN wants S’East govs to condemn arrest, kiiling Igbo youths

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By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu 

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South-East, has condemned the indiscriminate arrest and killing of South-East youths by security agencies.

CAN spoke in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu by its Chairman in the Southeast, Bishop Dr Goddy Okafor.

He said the Christian group was not happy with the silence of the South-East Governors over what he called the excesses of security operatives in the zone.

Okafor lamented in the statement that “no day passes now without one form of report or the other on the arrest and killing of innocent youths by security agents who claim to be hunting for unknown gunmen.

“It now appears that every youth in the South-East now wears the tag of unknown gunmen. This is sad and should not continue. We have had cases of people killed with reckless abandon by these security agencies, including a young girl sent to her early grave at the Imo State Government Gate, another young man murdered for ‘violating check-point rule’, whatever that means, and just recently a Germany-based Nigerian brought down on his way to the Owerri Airport. The list is endless. This is not to talk of tens of youths arrested everyday and kept incommunicado, nobody knows whether they are dead or alive.

“It has now become imperative to not only caution the security agencies but to also ask our Governors to speak up. Their silence is not good at all, because they swore to protect their people. 

“In the North-East where Boko Haram is wreaking havoc everyday, killing security forces every day and bandits kidnapping hundreds of school children, has every Northern youth been tagged Boko Haram or bandit? Why has the South-East been singled out for this onslaught? We say enough is enough.”

CAN urged the South-East Governors to begin total implementation of the ban on open-grazing, stressing that “despite the Asaba Declaration, cattle are still grazing openly in every part of the South-East. The governors should stop barking without biting.”

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