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Tribunal ruling: Igbo group appeals for security for vulnerable communities

AHEAD of the delivery of judgment at the Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday, a socio-cultural group, Ndigbo Lagos, has appealed to security agencies to anticipate protests and protect the lives and properties of Igbo residents in Lagos and beyond.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the group, which represents the interests of Ndigbo in Lagos expressed concerned about potential threats and implored security agencies “to take proactive measures” on its operations.

The statement signed by the President General of Ndigbo Lagos, retired Major General Obi Abel Umahi noted that the recent tribunal proceedings generated tension and apprehension in the Nigeria, and especially among the Igbo community in Lagos. 

The president-general appealed to “political actors and supporters, to exercise restraint and embrace peaceful means of expressing their grievances or celebrating their victories.

“We must collectively reject any form of violence or incitement that can further inflame tensions and endanger lives.”

Umahi stated: “As a peace-loving and law-abiding community, we urge all members to accept the outcome of the tribunal proceedings in good faith and explore lawful means to seek redress if necessary. 

“However, we cannot ignore the unfortunate history of targeting and victimization experienced by our community over election matters.

“We therefore implore security agencies to remain vigilant during this period to prevent any form of violence, intimidation, or harassment targeted at members of our community.

While commending the efforts of security agencies in maintaining peace and order during the election period, the President General of Ndigbo Lagos, urged them “to build upon their success and ensure an even more robust security presence across all regions with significant populations of Ndigbo. 

“It is critical that every citizen, irrespective of their ethnic background, feels secure and protected within our great nation.”

The group called  “on leaders at all levels, community stakeholders, and well-meaning Nigerians to join us in advocating for peace, unity, and justice.”

Ndigbo Lagos pledged to “partner with stakeholders and cooperate with security agencies to promote peaceful coexistence within Lagos State and beyond.”

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