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Reports emerge more bodies of Biafra supporters were dumped

07 April 2016, 19:07

Lagos – A Coalition of civil society organisations has again called for an international investigation into the alleged killings and violation of rights of pro-Biafra members.

The call by the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) follows claims more bodies of protesters killed and dumped by the army had been discovered in the border town of Etche in the southeast.

Intersociety alleged while 16 dead bodies were recently discovered in two locations in Aba and environs, there was also the latest discovery of eight more corpses in a pit in the border town of Etche, located between Abia, Imo and Rivers States.

The civil society organisation had earlier reported that not less than 80 members and supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were shot and killed by the security forces, which also shot and terminally maimed over 170 others particularly in the Southeast and the South-south zones.

Intersociety reported the Nigerian Army accounted for 65 percent of the culpability, while the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Navy Command account for 30 percent and 5 percent respectively.

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It is in that respect the organisation wants the leaders of the agencies held accountable for the skirmishes.

The shootings and killings reportedly took place between August last year and this February during nonviolent and peaceful protests and processions associated with nonviolent pro-Biafra agitation.

Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment is allegedly a routine and commonly used by soldiers, navy and police personnel in the treatment of arrested and detained IPOB activists.

An unspecified number activists are said to be wallowing under arbitrary detention.

“We renew our call for international enquiries or investigations into these dastardly acts,” Intersociety stated on Thursday.

“The (President Muhammadu) Buhari administration must stop the ongoing ethnic cleansing and mass murder of unarmed and nonviolent members of the Igbo Ethnic Group in Nigeria and refrain from pushing the innocent race to the wall.” 




- CAJ News

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