IPOB alleges security operatives disrupted its women wing meeting in Abiriba
The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the secirty agency’s disruption of a peacful gathering of its women wing in Abiriba, Abia State, as unnecessary act of provocation
In a statement credited to the Family Writers, IPOB media platform, some maltreatments were meted against Biafran women as they gathered on a peaceful meeting in the city, billed for May 18 and 19, 2017.
It said armed uniformed operatives stormed the venue of the meeting and disrupted the gathering , a situation that led to the arrest of some of the women.
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Mr Jude Nwokolo , the Editor of the media outfit, said the situation saw the women embarking on a peaceful protest , with most of them going half nude before the security operatives.
The statement said: “News filtering from the IPOB Women Conference in Abiriba, Abia State Biafra land which started on Thursday 18th May, 2017 is quite unpleasant. According to the news, the Nigerian military forces at the early hours of today 19th May, swooped on these women, started molesting and harassing them without any kind of provocation.
“This is as a result of the continued disruption of IPOB activities by the Nigerian government in a bid to scuttle the massive agitation that is sweeping every corners of Nigeria.
” These women only assembled to share views on how to help in the restoration of Biafra. These IPOB women are also peaceful and have not constituted or fomented any trouble around the vicinity to warrant an attack on them by the Nigerian murderous security agents.
“However, it is a taboo in Biafra land for a woman who is seen as a precious gift and a treasure to be maltreated by any man let alone a military officer no matter what offence she might have committed.
” Biafran women are virtuous, extraordinary and. Therefore, this reported attack on IPOB women legally exercising their God-given human rights to peaceful assembly will not be taken likely.
” Nigerian military should henceforth desist from further molestation of the IPOB women peacefully having their conference.
“It seems that the Nigerian government has forgotten that part of our history maybe as a result of the abolition of history not just in schools but in all facet of Nigerian States. The calamitous wind that will blow in Nigeria if this abuse of IPOB women continues will be one that has not been experienced in any part of the world.
” It is a sacrilege for the Nigerian military forces to molest or arrest IPOB women who are peacefully exercising their rights to peaceful assembly. Enough Is Enough.
Attempt at reaching the Abia State police commissioner proved abortive, but a senior police official said the command was not aware of any crisis with any group of women in Abiriba.
“However, there is still the law and order making it mandatory for any political gathering to be approved by the police ; it is for the safety of both the organisers of such a gathering and members of the public,” he added.