Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Igbo Monarchs,Human Rights Activist Want Emir And Accomplices Arrested Over Abduction of Another Girl, Ifesinach

As reactions continued to trail the abduction, conversion to Islam and probable marriage of Miss Ifesinachi Ani, by Muslim syn­dicates, Igbo monarchs have called for the immediate ar­rest of all those manipulated in the criminal act. 

The position was conveyed yesterday by the Chairman of Southeast Traditional Rulers Council and the traditional ruler of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Autonomous Community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, HRM Eze Eberechi Dick, in an interview with The AUTHORITY on Sunday. The royal fathers strongly condemned the act and warned that the peaceful disposition of Ndigbo should not be taken for weakness or cowardice.

The monarchs called on President Muhammadu Bu­hari and law enforcement agencies to rise to the occa­sion and ensure they rescue Ifesinachi from her wicked abductors. They also called on Presi­dent Buhari to give protection and sense of belonging to in­nocent girls, who are victims of forced marriages which, according to them, should not be allowed in the modern age. 

The royal fathers equally tasked the Inspector-Gener­al of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, to immediately invite the manipulated controversial Emir from the Northwest to explain his role(s) in the saga, and to be prosecuted if found culpable, stressing that enough is enough. Similarly, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has strongly condemned the incident and expressed worry over the current wave of ab­duction of young Christian girls who are later converted to Islam and married off to Muslims against their will...

Also adding his voice, an Umuahia-based human rights activist and constitu­tional lawyer, Dr. Anthony Agbazure, has volunteered to render free legal services to ensure Ifesinachi gets justice. He expressed surprise that an Emir manipulated in the saga is yet to be arrested, and called on the IGP to imme­diately order for the arrest of the said Emir for interrogation and prosecution. Agbazuere vowed to mobilize other lawyers and human rights activists both nationally and internationally, to get jus­tice for Ifesinachi and other victims of “criminal abduc­tion, forceful conversion and marriage against their voli­tion to end the ugly trend”. 

He also called on Nigerians irrespective of their religion or tribe to be united in the crusade against forced mar­riage which he described as “criminal and inhuman”.

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