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Alarm at live ammo against Biafra protesters

09 November 2015, 13:07Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the use of live ammunition by security personnel to thwart pro-Biafra protests.

“We have resolved to employ the assistance of the popular mass media to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the armed security operatives to stop the irresponsible deployment of live firearms against civilian demonstrators in the Southern parts of Nigeria who are agitating for BIAFRA,” HURIWA stated.

HURIWA said it was deeply concerned about the new trend of use of military force to confront civilian protesters in clear defiance of the human rights provisions enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in south eastern Nigeria that existed from 1967 to 1970.

Also Read: HURIWA calls on DSS to arrest Boko Haram masterminds

The inhabitants were mostly the Igbo people who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria.

The creation of the new state that was pushing for recognition was among the causes of the Nigerian civil war, which was fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria.

Recently, some protests, which have turned violent, have been held to advocate a separate country for the Igbo people of the Southeast.

- CAJ News


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