Enugu, 19 September, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has condemned the September 16-17 kidnapping of over 30 people across Nigeria’s Enugu State, including a Catholic Priest, and called on police bosses in the Nigerian State to either act on insecurity in the region or to vacate office.
Fr. Marcellinus Obioma Okide was abducted on September 17 on his way back to St. Mary Amofia-Agu Affa Parish of Enugu Diocese where he serves as Parish Priest. A prayer appeal has been sent out for the Priest’s safe release. Fr. Okide is among dozens of people that were taken by armed Fulani bandits in separate locations within Enugu State.
Intersociety has condemned the police force in Enugu for “looking the other way” and “choosing to be deaf and dumb” as Islamist Fulanis wreak havoc on Christian populations in the Nigerian State and in the entire south-east region of the West African country.
Instead, the authorities are busy killing innocent civilians in the name of a crackdown on the ‘sit-at-home’ order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Intersociety says in a Tuesday, September 19 report sent to ACI Africa.
“The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law is deeply shocked and dismayed that more than 30 defenseless citizens of the south-east were abducted in two days in three different locations in Enugu State by the Jihadist Fulani herdsmen, with the Enugu State Police Command…looking the other side and choosing to be deaf and dumb,” officials of Intersociety led by their Board Chair, Emeka Umeagbalasi, say.