BIAFRA DAY | 53 Killed by Security Agents – IPOB

Biafrans-Demonstrate3The Indigenous Peo­ples of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday counted its losses in last Monday’s at­tack on agitators during the celebration of the 49th an­niversary of the defunct Re­public of Biafra by security agents in some parts of the South East and South-South geopolitical zones.
IPOB, which put the cas­ualty figure at 53, said that 207 sustained bullet wounds while 403 were arrested by security agents compris­ing soldiers, police, the De­partment of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Secu­rity and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
In a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Of­ficer, Mr. Emma Powerful, want world leaders to come to our rescue because Ni­geria’s security agents have perfected plans to kill all Bi­afrans. IPOB family mem­bers worldwide raised alarms before now that the Feder­al Government and security agents had perfected plans to kill and maim unarmed Bia­fran civilians without provo­cation.
“The members of IPOB who travelled from far away moved into a Catholic Church along Nkpor Umuoji Road to seek the consent of God Al­mighty who has been guid­ing us in this noble project but the combined team of se­curity agents moved into the church and killed so many and a lot of people were wounded.
“The worst side of it was want world leaders to come to our rescue because Ni­geria’s security agents have perfected plans to kill all Bi­afrans. IPOB family mem­bers worldwide raised alarms before now that the Feder­al Government and security agents had perfected plans to kill and maim unarmed Bia­fran civilians without provo­cation.
“The members of IPOB who travelled from far away moved into a Catholic Church along Nkpor Umuoji Road to seek the consent of God Al­mighty who has been guid­ing us in this noble project but the combined team of se­curity agents moved into the church and killed so many and a lot of people were wounded.
“The worst side of it was  that our members who were coming to honour Biafra’s fall­en heroes and heroines did not get to the venue for the cere­mony before they met their untimely deaths.
“IPOB discovered that Hausa/ Fulani terrorist groups, which were not in uniforms, attacked our members with the Army, Navy and Police, killing and carrying the dead bodies with their Hilux vans.”
Meanwhile, IPOB has called on South East gover­nors, politicians and elder statesmen to emulate Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fay­ose for being outspoken and courageous in condemning the killing of non-violent pro-Biafra agitators.
The group said if responsi­ble Nigerians had prevailed on President Muhammadu Buha­ri to do the right thing by re­leasing its leader and director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, the wanton killing of innocent people would have been avert­ed.
“IPOB salutes Governor Fayose for showing that he is the only detribalised politician after the late Owelle of Onit­sha, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe that is still living and does not play politics with the lives of any cit­izen of Nigeria.
“Fayose has shown that he does not play politics after electioneering campaign and election has come and gone; he knows what governance is all about, unlike some other Nigerian governors and pol­iticians; no wonder at every point in time his people in Eki­ti State will come out to stake their lives for him.
 “We are telling the people of Ekiti State that they have a son in whom the Biafrans and IPOB and other pro-Biafra ag­itators are well pleased. This is not because he condemned the Federal Government for killing IPOB, other Biafra and non-Bi­afra agitators, but because he equally condemned the killing by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu in Benue and Nimbo in Enugu States and other states.
“He has equally stood tall in singlehandedly and con­structively criticising the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in all their irre­sponsible and anti-Nigeria’s policies when his party mem­bers and other politicians are afraid and become intimidat­ed for fear of being arrested for one alleged corrupt act or the other,” he said
“We are telling the people of Ekiti State that they have a son in whom the Biafrans and IPOB and other pro-Biafra ag­itators are well pleased. This is not because he condemned the Federal Government for killing IPOB, other Biafra and non-Bi­afra agitators, but because he equally condemned the killing by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu in Benue and Nimbo in Enugu States and other states.
“He has equally stood tall in singlehandedly and con­structively criticising the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in all their irre­sponsible and anti-Nigeria’s policies when his party mem­bers and other politicians are afraid and become intimidat­ed for fear of being arrested for one alleged corrupt act or the other,” he said.
Reps to investigate killing of agitators
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has mandat­ed its Committees on Human Rights, National Security and Intelligence to investigate the killing of pro-Biafra agitators in the South East.
The resolution to investigate the killing followed a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by the Depu­ty Minority Leader, Hon. Chuk­wuma Onyema, and was unan­imously adopted by the House.
The House also urged the Executive arm of government to review and formulate a more efficient mechanism for engag­ing with aggrieved Nigerians on matters that threaten the coun­try’s security and territorial in­tegrity.
Leading the debate on the motion, Onyema expressed worry over the increasing spate of extrajudicial killings by secu­rity agencies in the country.
He noted that the rights to freedom of association, expres­sion and peaceful assembly are enshrined in the 1999 Consti­tution (as amended), adding that the country’s dismal hu­man rights records are large­ly predicated on unprovoked and forceful engagements by security agencies on unarmed civilians.
The House adopted the mo­tion when the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, put it on a voice vote and mandated the relevant committees to investi­gate the matter and report back to it within two weeks.

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