Traditional rulers of Midim community in Essien Udim local government council of Akwa Ibom state, have accused security operatives in the state of alleged intimidation and clamp down on innocent citizens under the guise of hunting for members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The monarch commended the state government for initiating the move to sanitize the community of IPOB secessionist agenda, but lamented that the method it has deployed in drawing its intelligence was flawed.
These views were expressed by the representative of the community, Mr. Victor Udom, while speaking with Journalists in Uyo on Saturday.
“We protest in the strongest of terms, the recent takeover of our community, intimidating, indiscriminately arresting, torturing and deliberately implicating our people all in the name of routing members and subscribers to IPOB/ESN and unearthing other criminals by men of the Nigerian Police and Army.
According to him, instead of government using critical stakeholders, the security operatives have chosen to draw intelligence from a “biased, mischievous and politically influenced source”.
According to Udom who was sandwiched by the five village heads, making up the Midim Community, such biased intelligence has made the sanitization exercise unsuccessful, leading to arrest and intimidation of innocent people while the real hoodlums are let free.
“We acknowledge recent efforts towards sanitizing the state of IPOB/ESN secessionist incursions and other terrorist banditry now taking over our state and we applaud the effort of the Joint Task by security agencies and will as always, be willing to support this laudable government initiative.
“We are however very concerned that in embarking on this sensitive exercise, the agencies of government instead of involving credible and unbiased critical stakeholders in our community for effective and successful drive, rather chose instead to getting intelligence from a glaringly biased, mischievous and politically influenced source, resulting in the attendant near failures in getting the real hoodlums in various communities who are now made to flee in escape while our largely innocent victims or those with minor offences have been wrongly targeted for intimidation, arrest and extrajudicial eliminations as a quid-pro-quo”
” We condemn all acts of hostage takings, dehumanization and extra judicial killings of innocent people and urge you to intervene to bring all the acts of barbarism not known to law to an immediate end in Midim particularly and Essien Udim in general.
He said it was through the efforts of the community that the dreaded Akwa Marine Cult which specializes in raping, kidnapping and rigging of elections results was eliminated adding that ignoring such laudable efforts of the community and turning around to blackmail, intimidate and eliminating them is a conspiracy that should not be over looked.
“We are therefore very displeased that despite our efforts we are being targeted with some mischievous blackmail as IPOB/ESN secession agitation sympathizers to intimidate us in our continuous engagements against the politically motivated cult gangs that invaded our communities.
“This is nothing than a ploy by our politicians to reposition criminal formations in preparation for 2023 upcoming elections” the statement said
He said the ongoing politics of framing up and instigating trump up charges on innocent youths of the community was a strategy aimed at putting them out of circulation ahead of 2023 and one of the hypocrisy of the state government disguised as a security strategy that should worry any patriotic person who wish to see the state remain peaceful and prosperous.