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Shoot-On-Sight Order In South-East Is Declaration Of Genocide—Igbo Group Tells Army Chief In Open Letter

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An Igbo group of intellectuals and professionals worldwide, Nzuko Umunna has written an open letter to the Nigeria’s Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, that the shoot-on-sight order given to the Military troops within the South-East was an try and wipe out harmless residents.

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The group said that if such a command was true, it’s the identical as a declaration of warfare in opposition to the folks within the space, including that the Military Chief ought to have publicly introduced if there’s a warfare between the area and the army personnel in order that harmless folks may vacate the setting.



This was contained within the letter signed by Dr. N Odumuko and Dr. P. Mbanefo, and made accessible to SaharaReporters by Barr. Austin Okeke on Tuesday.

Nzuko Umunna wrote the letter in response to a warning given by a Nigerian soldier just a few days in the past that the troops had been commanded to shoot civilians in Orlu, Imo State because the army fights operatives of the Jap Safety Community.

“We really feel duty-bound to tell you that there’s palpable worry over a shoot-on-sight directive reportedly given to Military troops within the South-East in current days, a scheme for which new batches of males had been moved over the weekend. 

“By some accounts, this directive appears to have been given unofficially in a hush-hush method, making the state of affairs all of the extra ominous. 

“A shoot-on-sight directive is tantamount to an order to extrajudicially exterminate harmless residents as there isn’t any telling who is perhaps a part of the collateral, unintended casualties.  

“All through historical past, such army methods or insurance policies have at all times run the danger of going opposite to all accepted conventions and protocols on the principles of engagement, notably the Rome Statutes

“The truth is, it may be learn as genocide the place as on this case, there may be clear and evident hazard of such motion leading to excessive casualties. 

“If the hypothesis of a shoot-on-sight order had been to bear any atom of reality, then it quantities to a declaration of warfare on the realm. Nonetheless, even when, for any purpose, the Federal Authorities is minded to declare warfare on the South-East or part of it, there are normal worldwide conventions and protocols that should be noticed. 

“One in all such is the requirement to publicly and unambiguously declare {that a} warfare state of affairs has arisen in such a spot in order that those that want to, particularly the civilians and harmless residents, can withdraw from such a spot. That has not been performed,” the letter said partly.

The group, additional, urged Attahiru to place the general public within the know concerning the shoot-on-sight order and reverse it if in any case it was issued, to revive peace within the area.

“However it’s our effectively thought-about rivalry that there don’t exist within the South East of Nigeria any peculiar state of affairs which doesn’t exist in even worse kinds in different elements of the nation to warrant or justify such a Shoot-On-Sight order. And we put whoever thinks on the contrary to the strictest of proof.

“Primarily based on these, our place is that it’s within the total curiosity of the nation that you just use your good places of work to not solely clear the air on this very disturbing difficulty but additionally counter any such directive in case it has, by some fluke or stroke of overzealousness, been issued.

“We most respectfully urge you to make use of your good places of work to intervene, as a matter of urgency, on this very vital matter to douse the stress and apprehension within the area arising from rumours and the expectation that the killings and pointless waste of human lives will escalate.

“We’re by this letter bringing this correctly to your discover with the hope you’ll take preemptory motion,” the letter added.

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