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Stop Harassing Ndigbo, Ohanaeze Tells Security Agencies .



 

   BY ABUCHI ONWUMELU OF FIDES NEWSPAPER.

The Anambra State leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo led by Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene has expressed dismay over what he termed incessant harassment of the people of Southeast Geopolitical Zone by security agencies.

    In a statement jointly signed by the state president of Ohanaeze, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene and his secretary, Chief Mike Nnakwuzie, Ohanaeze issued a note warning to all those who maltreated Ndigbo, noting that they would no longer sit back and watch their kith and kin be humiliated.

      The statement read in part, 'As we step into December, the month of festivities, with higher numbers of our people returning for the holidays, the number of check points have started increasing.  We know that the target is our people who are returning.

      'In the past we had asked that the harassments these check points present should be addressed. The authorities would claim that they are dismantling them, but their numbers continue increasing. We condemn the practices.

     'Anambra State is not at war.  Police, Customs, Soldiers, and other security agents have formed a habit of mounting check points to extort our people.  It does not matter whether people have their complete vehicle particulars, or can account for the goods that they have.

    'They are treated like criminals, harassed, embarrassed, delayed from their journeys, all in the bid to make them part with money.  It is mostly in Anambra State that these check points are mounted, or on roads that our people pass.

      'Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Anambra State Chapter) condemns the practices in their entirety.  While it is important that the security agencies do their work, part of that work is not embarrassing travelers and extorting them.  It is totally unacceptable to us.

     'In contributing to end the harassments on the roads, we are working with the security agencies to establish telephone numbers that travelers can call when security agencies make illegal demands on them.

    'The leadership of the security agencies should call their men and women to order.  Stopping harassments of travelers present another opportunity for the authorities to show Nigerians that they care.

     'We are watching. We are willing to contribute our quota to returning the liberties of movement that our Constitution guarantees, to our people.  Together, we can have festivities that would be noted by the peace that reigned through them, but it starts with the treatment that people get, as they are travelling home,' the statement read.

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