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Details emerge of deadly Abia clashes

19 February 2016, 17:00Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - A coalition of civil society organisations has given a grisly account of the deadly clashes between the security forces and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) proponents.

Intersociety reported soldiers of the 144 Battalion in Ukwa West of Abia State, joined by personnel of the Abia State Police Command and the Finance & Logistics Command of the Nigerian Navy in Owerre-Nta in Abia State had on of February 9 stormed the premises of the National High School in Aba and opened fire at members of the IPOB.

These were said to have gathered in their hundreds for the purpose of holding prayer/meeting.

It is reported the named security forces shot and killed 22 IPOB members and critically injured over 30.

The IPOB members were said to have gathered in the school on account of suggestion made to them by the same Abia State Police Command and other security heads during their previous meetings to “restrict their processions, rallies or protests to public places other than streets and roads so as not to attract the attention and violent reactions of the Federal Government.

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The Abia State Police Command had reportedly admitted publicly of shooting and killing two IPOB members “for disturbing students of the National High School in Aba.”

The Command, Intersociety said, is presently and officially in possession of the two dead IPOB members it shot and killed.

Intersociety said last Saturday, some scavengers reported to one of the Aba units coordinators of IPOB that they saw some dead bodies in a borrow pit located along Aba Port Harcourt Road.

“Shockingly, eight of the gruesomely murdered corpses have their hands tied individually behind their backs with Biafran flags. The “Biafran flags” used in tying them were carefully cut into lengths and ropes made out of them and were used in tying them separately,” Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety chairman, said.

He said clothes worn by some of the murdered and dumped victims were still new and easily identifiable.

“The leadership of this organisation visited the site on Sunday, 14th of February 2016 and saw the gruesomely murdered corpses,” Umeagbalasi.

IPOB members are advocating for the independence of Biafra from Nigeria.

On Thursday, police warned the organisation’s members against taking arms during the ongoing protests.

- CAJ News


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