BY RAPHAEL ONYEKACHUKWU – A rights group, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), has described the Ozubulu massacre in Anambra state as a failure of government to demand extradition of the warring drug barons to face trial for terrorism in Nigeria.
According to a statement, entitled: ‘Ozubulu massacre; failure of government to demand extradition of the warring drug barons to face trial for terrorism in Nigeria clearly shows leadership failure in the country’, and signed by its President, Olu Omotayo Esq, the group charged the Federal Government not to allow “this act of terrorism to be swept under carpet as it is an assault on the entire nation.
Below is the statement by the group:
“It should be noted that since the attack on a Catholic Church at Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government of Anambra State on Sunday, the 6th August 2017, there has not been any proactive action on the part of the Anambra State government or the Federal government to arrest the terrorists who launched the dastardly attack on innocent citizens of this country.
“The question is: Is Nigeria heading to becoming a failed state, as people in government become confused and continue to show lack of leadership qualities and gross inexperience in the face of great challenges?
“Nigeria hitherto was a great nation before it was plunged into this present state of hopelessness by some politicians. It would be recalled that the former Military Administrator of Rivers State (January 1984- August 1986) Fidelis Oyakhilome, who was Chairman NDLEA (1988-1991) was dismissed after being accused of having a relationship with Jenifer Madike, a Lagos business woman and socialite who had been arrested for drug related offences.
“She had been arrested on a charge of collecting $80,000 US Dollars from three men claiming to give the money to Oyakhilome to secure the release of 2 suspected drug dealers. The US later unsuccessfully applied for extradition of one of the dealers on charges of heroin smuggling.
“In the present case, the Governor of Anambra, who it was stated has strong friendship with the said drug baron, who built the building and presented to the Catholic Church; has not deemed it fit to state his own version of his relationship with the drug baron”.