A group known as Mothers of Ndigbo has condemned the victimization of Igbos by state actors in Nigeria.
Mothers of Ndigbo with membership cuts across all Igbo Speaking communities in Nigeria, including Delta and Rivers states comprises women from age 60 and above.
The group noted that the Southeast Region has been gravely victimized by the atrocious state actors, especially the Nigerian Army and its appointing and supervising authorities, leading to massacre of no fewer than 700 unarmed and defenseless citizens of the region between August 2015 and November 2020 and maiming of not less than 800 others.
According to him, Hundreds were also abducted and dozens disappeared till date. The Army abductees included 550 citizens of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra and Enugu who resided in Obigbo and environs in Rivers State, who were abducted in between October and November 2020 and held secretly without trial in Northern Nigeria for over four months.
Speaking further they observed: ”While 283 of them were located and freed by courts, over 270 are still held secretly till date. Many of the 60 women among the female abductees, between the ages 20 and 39 were sexually assaulted and abused during over four months of their captivity in Army and DSS facilities.”
They called on Nigerian Government to immediately begin reversal of the top security appointment imbalances and return to Constitutional Sections 10, 14 (3), 42 and 217 (3) in balancing the appointments and postings.