By Nuel Suji – The South East/South South Network (SESSNet), on Wednesday urged security agencies to immediately arrest the leadership of northern youth groups over the ultimatum given to all Igbo residents in the north to vacate the region.
SESSNet, in statement made available to Journalists via email, expressed concern over the threats against the Igbo by the northern groups, claiming that their lives and properties in the northern are under threat.
The group said the threat by the coalition of youths in the north was evidently as a result of the decision of the Igbo in the south-east and south-south to obey a “sit-at-home order” to mark the 50 years anniversary of Nigerian civil war against Biafra in which over 3 million Ndigbo were killed.
The South East South South Network, a coalition of professionals, students and activists, from the South East and South South region called “on security agencies to arrest those it called “the jobless youths and their sponsors who are threatened by the unity displayed by Ndigbo to obey “sit-at-home order.”
“We use this medium to ask our people across the 19 northern states to be more vigilant and proactive in being security conscious”, the group stated
Adding that, “if the DSS could arrest Nnamdi Kanu for demanding for Igbo’s rights, we don’t see the reason why the DSS will not arrest the leadership of the group for treason offences because they are inciting one section of the country against another, we will not take excuse from security agencies if anything happens to our people in the North.
“Those youths should be treated like criminals by security agencies and we are watching to see what DSS will do on this matter and if any Igbo is killed in the north, the leadership of the groups should face the consequence.”
The statement was signed by over 20 SESSNet members in Nigeria and diaspora, including those in the United Kingdom, USA, Austria and Nigeria.
The signatories include: Tochukwu Ezeoke, Aloysius Osuji, Daniel Elombah (UK) Emmanuel Ohai, Emem Dunn (US) Ukatuegwu Boniface Oderaa, Igwebuike Emmanuel , Onyebuchi George, Obinna Osuji, Levi Omereonye, Mike Ozulumba, Nonso Ikem, Chioma Okey, Michael Chinwuba (Nigeria) Uzoma Ahamefule (Vienna, Austria).