By Moses Nosike
Following a recent intimidation, arrest of members of the Neo Black Movement (NBM) of Africa in a regional summit held in Sapele, Delta State, the group has threatened to sue the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the Nigerian Army and a local vigilance group for breaking the order granted it by the police to hold its summit.
Addressing the media in Lagos, president of NBM of Africa (Worldwide), Felix Kupa, demanded an apology within 14 days from the Army, police and vigilance group.
Kupa, who was represented by the group’s national public relations officer, Mr. Clinton Aduba, said, “NBM has not seen any reason for the inhuman treatment against its members at its Delta regional summit held at Richmond Continental, Sapele, on February 18, 2017.
According to the NBM president, “it remains worrisome that the police after giving approval following an application made to it, provided its officers for the security at the event only to turn around to invade the event completely dehumanising responsible family men and women discussing world peace and freedom of the oppressed”.
Mr. Ibrahim Idris beaming with smiles following his confirmation as the substantive IGP by the Council of State on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. With him are his officers
“Kupa said that these informed men went ahead to tie the hands of our members, made them to sit on ground or lie down flat on the floor even when nothing incriminating was found on them and despite being aware of a court judgement affirming NBM’s right to associate. This matter will not be swept under carpet”, he said.
Continuing, Kupa said, “NBM is pan-Africanist non-governmental organisation saddled to the development and growth of the black race and the world in general; its ideological roots were in the evergreen teachings of great pan-Africanists such as Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, George Padmore, W.E.B DuBois, Nnamdi Azikiwe and others”.
“In Nigeria, NBM, through its various constituted initiatives, has instituted various humanitarian projects such as medical initiatives, free eye treatment/treatment of the aged in Ijebu Ode, Udu, Warri, and Omuku in Rivers State, and recently donated relief materials and items to Asaba maternity centres as part of the drive to mitigate maternal mortality rate.
In addition, the national legal adviser, Mr. Hope Aliu, NBM said that the movement is a lawful organisation registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990, and its Corporate Affairs Commission.
However, immediate past president of NBM, Bemigbo Eyeoyibo, said equally that the group condemned the recent xenophobic attacks and Nigerians living in South Africa and called on the Nigerian government to ensure that the South African authorities bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.