The Igbo National Council (INC) has expressed indignation over the incessant arrest, detention and extra-judicial murder of youths in Imo State by federal security agents.
The council made the condemnation in statement dated August 14, 2021 and signed by its President, Godsent Chilos.
The council observed with dismay that the security agents have continued to tag such youths as members of Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network.
It regretted that the security agents hardly come out with any cogent or verifiable proofs linking the arrested and detained youths to the separatist organization.
According to INC, many of the arrested youths are extra-judicially murdered in cold blood in different detention camps scattered in the state and their corpses thrown away without the knowledge of their parents.
The council submitted that the wanton abduction of the Igbo youths is part of the jihadist agenda to exterminate and depopulate Igboland through false accusation.
The council accused the Imo State government of complicity in the abduction and detention as well as killing of Igbo youths even as it called on Governor Hope Uzodimma to order an immediate stoppage of the jihadist activity.
It also warned the elites who are sabotaging the self-determination efforts of the Igbo to desist forthwith as the day of reckoning seems to be around corner.
The statement reads; ”The Igbo National Council (INC) is very worried over the arbitrary arrest and detention of Igbo youths with reckless abandon in Imo State by the Nigerian security operatives with support from the state government.
“We have also observed that the security operatives have continued to tag these youths being abducted as members of the IPOB/ESN without any cogent or verifiable proof.
“We have severally received reports that many of the abducted Igbo youths were being extra-judicially murdered in cool blood in different detention cells in Imo State without the knowledge of their parents and their corpses thrown away.
“We note that this neo Mafia Gestapo style of abduction of Igbo youths by security operatives in Imo State is part of the jihadist agenda to exterminate and depopulate the Igbo people through false accusations.
“The INC is very disappointment on the government of Imo State for their alliance with the enemies of Igbo Race to destroy the Igbo Nation.
“The INC therefore call on Governor Hope Uzodimma to order the immediate stop of the clandestine raids and arrest of Igbo youths in Imo State and also order for the immediate release from detention all the Igbo youths arrested in relation with membership of IPOB/ESN.
“We call on all Igbo political elites that are sabotaging the self-sustenance, self-preservation and self-determination struggles of the Igbo race in Nigeria to start thinking twice as the day of reckoning may soon befall them.”