Lagos – The International Society for Civil
Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has expressed mixed feelings over
reports by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) it had unearthed shallow
graves in Abia State, where victims allegedly killed by members of Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB).
The graves have reportedly been found in Isiukwuato Local
While it feels vindicated by the reported findings, Intersociety
questioned the manner in which the investigations was handled as well as
conclusions by the DSS that IPOB members were involved in the alleged killings.
“The DSS publication has completely vindicated the recent
position of ours that Abia State is riddled with indiscriminate killing of
unarmed civilian citizens and dumping of their lifeless bodies in shallow
graves or burrow pits,” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety Board Chairman.
The civil society organisation has since February reported finding
bodies of murdered citizens suspected to be members of IPOB.
“Informed alarms were raised, leading to our detailed
compendium of facts and text to the Federal Government; yet no response till
date,” Umeagbalasi said.
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“Just recently, there was another report of discovery of
eight more dead bodies dumped in fold pit in the border town of Etche in Rivers
While vindicated, Intersociety questioned DSS investigations
Umeagbalasi said by statutory establishment, the DSS
functions were strictly restricted to interior intelligence, protection of VIPs
and oversight or auxiliary functions in the areas of crimes against the State
and public stability.
Such investigations as the DSS reported to have carried out
must have been left to police.
“That is to say that the DSS magisterially usurped and
encroached into an area outside its statutory and operational mandate; leading
to quackery issuance of the public statement, quackery presentation of same
with quackery and hasty conclusion,” said Umeagbalasi.
He said only the Homicide Department of the Nigeria Police
Force could ascertain the true identities and nativities of those allegedly
murdered and as well as those who allegedly killed them.
The Director of Coroner’s Inquest in Abia State, not DSS,
could ascertain when and how they were murdered.
“The DSS account under reference is also terminally sick in
reliability, validity, credibility and reality. It is also inter-service
encroachment oriented,” said Umeagbalasi.
- CAJ News