The former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has said that it is unsafe for registered vigilante groups in the South-East to surrender the arms which they are using in the defence of their communities to the Federal Government or the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Ezeife in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENCE said that the region has been under serious attacks and the government seemed to have lost it in finding a solution to the constant killings in the region, stressing that people are picked up from their homes and killed on a daily basis.

The former governor added that it was very wrong to ask registered vigilante groups who have been doing well defending themselves considering the gaps created by the inability of security agencies to check the continuous killings in the region.

He said that the level of humiliation that an Igbo person faces on the streets of the region has been unprecedented, wondering why security agents in the region would take delight in humiliating citizens of Nigeria because they are of Igbo extraction.

He said, “Two ladies who were in a meeting with me yesterday told a story of how security officers told them to alight from the bus that they were traveling in, walk to a point, waded in a pool of water on the road, before they were allowed to continue with their journey.

“What level of humiliation will you call that? I don’t think it is fair for any people. Igbo people are treated like second class citizens in their own country.”

The elder statesman said that asking the people to surrender their weapons that they use in defending themselves is an act of injustice, especially for the registered vigilante groups.

“I will not advise any registered vigilante group to surrender its guns to the police because they need to defend themselves, especially now that the government has not been able to defend them. The killings in the region are worrisome and people just have to defend themselves,” he added.

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