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Eastern Nigeria: Soldiers, Police, Others Abducted 2000 Persons, Disappeared 500, Extra-judicially Killed 140 Since Jan 2021

…Intersociety

Onitsha-Nigeria, 26th May 2021

It is the new finding by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a leading research and investigative rights group that no fewer than 2000 law abiding citizens of Eastern Nigeria have since January 2021 been abducted by soldiers of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Navy, Department of the State Security Service and others; and out of this number, at least, 500 have disappeared or feared killed in secret custody of the Army or made victims of unlawful executions who will never return alive. The abduction involved the victims being secretly arrested at ungodly hours, falsely and criminally labeled without conclusive investigations; held secretly amidst torture and other degrading treatments or punishments; and treated ‘extra jus’ detention without fair court trial and access to the victims by their families, physicians and lawyers. It is also our finding that out of no fewer than 140 killed in the two regions by the named security operatives especially soldiers and police since January 2021, at least 120 are independently found to be combatively uninvolved or victims of extra-judicial killings. The military and police killings involved not less than 40 killed in Imo, 30 in Akwa Ibom, 20 in Abia, 15 in Rivers, 13 in Anambra, 10 in Ebonyi, 8 in Cross River, 5 in Enugu and none in Delta. All the States mentioned are collectively the victims of the military abductions and disappearances.

The above findings followed our recent review of the ongoing ethnic and religious profiling and cleansing embarked upon by Nigerian military in the East particularly in the States of Imo, Abia, Rivers, Ebonyi, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Delta and Cross River States; discreditably and questionably code-named: Operation Restore Peace”. The new review shows that Imo State topped the list of the abductees with no fewer than 500, followed by Abia, Ebonyi, Rivers and Akwa Ibom with average of 300 abductees; Anambra 200 and average of 100 abductees each Cross River, Enugu and Delta States. These abductions, killings, maiming, torture and disappearances by military and police also bear stark evidence of persecution, hate and crude policing and solidering as 99% of the victims cutting across the three heinous crimes are members of Christian faith with most of them belonging to Igbo Ethnic Nationality. Intersociety did not find any evidence showing that such violent clampdowns are also extended to members of Fulani Muslim population resident in the East whose jihadist elements have since 2016 killed over 400 rural and urban Igbo Christians and their neighbors and forcefully occupied over 500 of their farmlands, bushes and forests. Further checks also indicated that the non indigenous Muslim population in the regions are pampered and treated sacredly by the drafted Muslim dominated and controlled security heads.

In the area of inter-agency responsibility as regards to the abductions, killings, and disappearances, etc; soldiers of the Nigerian Army are the most crude, brutish and unprofessional; accounting for many of the killings and most of the disappearances. In Imo State alone, soldiers accounted for many, if not most of the 40 deaths including ten passersby or residents of the State killed at Army roadblock checks and during patrols. Soldiers also accounted for most of not less than 20 killings in Abia State; falsely labeled “IPOB/ESN members”. In recent repelled “unknown gunmen” attack at Army roadblock in Aba, for instance, soldiers including members of the reinforcement military squads opened fire and killed scores of passersby including Keke riders and later labeled them “IPOB/ESN members”. This was after the attackers had retreated safely having been out-gunned. During the recent Orlu shootout between soldiers and the “unknown gunmen”, out of eleven bodies displayed and labeled as “slain IPOB/ESN gunmen”, at least six were not combatively involved; same was the case in another attack that took place few days ago in Awka-where out of seven displayed slain bodies of “IPOB/ESN gunmen”, at least five were not combatively involved. Soldiers also shared same responsibility with police and SSS (DSS) in the area of late night house raids and instant killing of sleeping or resting citizens and their abduction. A clear case in point was in Iriebe, Rivers State where soldiers and police raided a house at late night and opened fire killing a single mother of two and three others and labeled them “IPOB members”. Instances are many to mention.

Soldiers also took the lead and accounted for over 90% of the 500 disappeared persons. This they did by abducting large number of lawful citizens at roadblocks and during late night raids, etc and hatefully labeled them as “IPOB/ESN members”. The soldiers after abducting the citizens are found on several occasions to have refused to hand them over to the Police as required by Nigerian Law, but abduct them to unknown locations where they run high risks of being killed and buried in secrecy. Till date, soldiers are still holding 110 abducted Obigbo residents in far away Nigerian Army Commando Base in Bida, Niger State; and out of the number; two have been tortured or starved to death. The victims were abducted in Obigbo, Rivers State since October/November 2020 or since past seven months.

Soldiers, police and DSS shared responsibility for abducting no fewer than 2000 Easterners since January 2021. This they jointly did through late night house raids, house-to-house search, stop-and-search and other forms of operational patrols. While police personnel abducted and kept most of the abductees alive amidst torture and other inhuman treatments including detention without trial; soldiers and DSS are notoriously known to abducting and taking the abductees to their secret dungeons where access to their families, physicians and lawyers is totally blocked and denied. DSS operatives and soldiers including personnel of the Nigerian Navy are also noted for holding their captives for several months or years outside public knowledge, official records and court trial. The most shocking of it all was our recent discovery of secret transfer of between 300 and 350 abducted Eastern citizens to Makurdi Prisons (Correctional Facility) in Benue State. They were among those abducted in Imo, Abia, Anambra and Ebonyi, etc and held in secrecy for months before secretly transferred to the named Prison facilities. The abductees also represent bulk of those abducted by Police. Information concerning the whereabouts of those abducted by soldiers and DSS including the estimated 500 disappeared citizens has remained unavailable; thereby raising serious concerns over their safety including whether they are still alive or not. Survivors among them, likely in their hundreds are strongly suspected to have been secretly transferred to secret military dungeons in the North using hired rogue commercial transport companies.

Finally, apart from soldiers of the Nigerian Army being at the forefront of the ongoing killings in Christian Eastern Nigeria, they are also responsible for many of the referenced abductions and most of the disappearances. These killings, maiming, torture, abuses, abductions and disappearances are fueled by domination and control of the officer corps of the military formations in the two regions by Muslims who wantonly exhibit jihadist and hateful attitudes towards the general citizens of the two regions including seeing and treating them as “infidels”. In Delta State, such killer military operations are coordinated by 63 Brigade under same domination and control of Muslim officers and non indigenous others. Same goes in Anambra State under Onitsha 302 Army Artillery Regiment and Ogbaru Navy Base, Imo State under 34 Brigade Obinze, Abia State under 14 Brigade Ohafia and 144 Battalion at Asa and Aba and Navy School of Finance and Logistics at Owerrenta; Rivers State under 343 and 5 Battalions, Elele and 6 Division in Port Harcourt; Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States under 2 Brigade, Uyo and 16 Brigade, Yenagoa; Cross River State under 13 Brigade and its 130 Battalion and 341 Artillery Regiment in Ogoja; Ebonyi State under 24 Army Support Engineering, Abakiliki; and Enugu State under 82 Division and its 103 Battalion, Awkunanaw.

Signed:

Principal Officers:

· Emeka Umeagbalasi

Criminologist/Board Chair

· Barr Chinwe Umeche

· Barr Obianuju Igboeli

· Barr Chidimma Udegbunam

Contacts:

Phone/WhatsApp: +2348174090052, Email: info@intersociety-ng.org, Website: intersociety-ng.org

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Nigerian Army Has Purposively Admitted To Killing 6 Christian Soldiers —Coalition |The Republican News

By Godsgift Onyedinefu

Eastern Nigeria’s Rights and Intelligentsia Coalition says the Nigerian Army’s statement signed by an anonymous officer denying the execution of 6 igbo Christian soldiers a clear case of ‘purposive admission of criminal responsibility’

Twenty five human rights group under the aegis of the Coalition yesterday,  2nd February,  alleged that the just retired Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai orderd the secret execution of six Igbo Christian soldiers attached to the Armory Department of the Nigerian Army, Abacha Barracks in Abuja.

The Army in the statement  debunked a report that six Igbo Christian soldiers were secretly executed on 25 January 2021, on the instruction of the immediate-past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The Nigerian Army says it is not part of its tradition, nor a culture of the Nigerian military to secretly try erring personnel and officers.

But, the Coalition in a statement signed by 28 rights group , said the statement is not a credible reply and should not be taken seruius.

“As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Army has ended up indirectly admitting criminal responsibility in the matter”, the statement read.

It added that the army did not provide answers to key questions in its statement

The statement read in part

“The Coalition makes bold to say that uploading montage pictures of the slain soldiers with “Fake News” written over same or hiring a consultancy firm to write a statement signed by “an anonymous senior Army officer” is in no way a credible and concrete reply and ordinarily should not be taken serious; but owing to psychological terrorization and chronic censorship which media practitioners in the country have undergone and are still undergoing, any crab from the Army or Government is now capable of making big headlines. That is to say that the Nigerian Army has not issued any concrete and provable denial statement as far as the Coalition is concerned. As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Army has ended up indirectly admitting criminal responsibility in the matter. The Coalition also did not issue that aspect of the statement for Nigerian Army to accept or deny because falsehood, lying, cover-ups and evidence destruction have been its routine and modus since 2015.

“Even after massacring hundreds of defenseless Easterners in 2015 and 2016, the same Nigerian Army set up a kangaroo panel in 2017 and in the end claimed that “no single citizen was killed in the East”. Same Nigerian Army has kept mute over its abduction of over 400 Obigbo residents in Rivers State. This is despite concretely evidential court processes and decisions including the release of 145 of the abductees, secretly and inhumanly thrown into solitary captivity for more than three months or since 21st Oct and early Nov 2020. Till today, the Nigerian Army has refused to speak or release the remaining abductees unconditionally or remorsefully apologize to the victims and Nigerians and hold the perpetrators tightly accountable. On the other hand, the Army is hereby mockingly ‘commended’ for not declaring the names of the slain soldiers as “fake names”,  “not belonging to Nigerian Army”; or declaring their pictures as having “originated from Congo DRC or Central African Republic or Burundi”.

“Defining Secret Trial Or Court Martial

Contrary to Nigerian Army’s gross ignorant with regard to ‘secret trial or court martial’, this is when like in military setting, service personnel are accused with malicious or premeditated and hateful intents and arraigned in a trial with a predetermined outcome; during which all ingredients of fair hearing and trial are set aside or stifled-and these include:  denying the accused access to defense lawyers of their choice, denying them access to their family members and physicians, conducting their trials outside official publicity and public knowledge, blocking or denying them right of appeal to Civil Courts (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and carrying out secret execution of the court-martial convicts outside the law including without recourse to Nigeria’s existing National Moratorium on Death Penalty.

“13 Key Questions Nigerian Army Failed To Answer

The Nigerian Army has not provided concrete answers to the following: (1) whether the six slain Igbo Christian soldiers and their names, religion and ethnicity exist in the Army or on its records, (2) whether the four pictures as produced belong to the ascribed serving personnel of the Nigerian Army, (3) whether they were made to undergo any form of trial within the Army, (4) whether they were tried in any manner with the stated allegations, (5) whether their trial, if true, was conducted in the presence of their family, legal and medical representatives including allowing them access to lawyers of their choice, (6) whether the six Igbo soldiers were defended by lawyers of their choice, (7) whether they were allowed to exercise their right of appeal to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and (8) whether the Nigerian Army issued any public statement concerning their trial or notified their beloved ones and the public.

“The rest are: (9) if they were executed, whether it was done secretly or in the open and if in the open, whether their lawyers, physicians, faith priests and family members were present-these, if true, should have been attached with audio-visual evidence showing same, (10) where the Nigerian Army and its immediate past COAS, Retired Lt Gen Tukur Buratai derived powers to order the execution, whether in secret or in the open, of soldiers including the six slain Igbo Christian soldiers (unjustly and wickedly convicted), convicted by Army Court Martial, (11) if they are still alive and detained as ‘death row inmates’,  where they are being held, condition of their health and circumstances leading to their present fate, (12) why the Nigerian Army  failed to produce them publicly, if they are still alive, hale and hearty and (13) why Nigerian Army, in furtherance of the above, did not update Nigerians as per whether it has also secretly executed or still keeping alive another Igbo soldier convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad in Maiduguri, Borno State in Jan 2021, by name: Trooper Azunna Mmadubuchi.”

The statement was signed by

Emeka Umeagbalasi (M.Sc.), Board Chair, Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law

·         Prof Anthony Ejiofor-Chairman, World Igbo Congress (USA)

·         Prof Uzodimma Nwala-President, Ala-Igbo Dev Foundation (ADF)

·         Prof Justice Chidi-President, Concerned Elites for Better Society Initiative

·         Prof Justin Akujieze-Board Chairman, Ekwenche Research Institute (USA)

·         Dr. Moses Nwaigwe-President, Biafra Genocide Survivors Group (USA)

·         Austin Okeke, Esq.-Global Leader, Igbo Board of Deputies (UK)

·         Kanayo K. Odeluga, MD., MPH-Executive Director, Igbo League, Inc.(USA)

·         Mercy Alu, MBA, PhD-Executive Coordinator (Research), the Int’l Association of African Authors & Scholars (USA)

·         Dr. Onyenkachi Orjiako, Esq.-Rep, Int’l  Society for War Against Lawlessness (USA)

·         Mazi Obi Okoli-Coordinator, Congress of Igbo Leaders UK & Ireland

·         Dr. Law Mefor-Rep, Igbo Bu Igbo (IBI)

·         Dr. Okezie Kelechi-ED, Neighborhood Environment Watch Foundation

·         Dr. Jerry Chidozie Chukwuokoro-Rep, Int’l Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative

·         Comrades Chilos Godsent & Zulu Ofoelue-Reps, Igbo National Council

·         Ezekwike Chekwube Violet, Esq.-Founder, New Home Mentoring & Dev Initiative

·         Comrade Aloysius Attah-Chair, Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast

·         Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke, President, Igbo Ekunie Initiative

·         Comrade Justine Ijeomah-ED, Human Rights Social Dev & Environmental Foundation(HURSDEF)

·         Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme-Chair, Civil Liberties Organization, Anambra State

·         Comrade Peter Onyegiri-ED, Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy

·         Comrade Alex Olisa-Rep, Southeast Good Governance Forum

·         Comrade Nnana Nelson Nwafor-ED, Foundation for Environment Rights Advocacy & Dev.

·         Comrade Nkwocha Anozie-ED, Initiative for Ideal Dev & Emancipatory Leadership

·         Comrade Emeku Uche-Rep, Easy-life Initiative for Rural Youths

·         Comrade Samuel Njoku-Chair, Human Rights Organization of Nigeria

·         Comrade Ngwobia O. Ngwobia-Rep Primate Salvation Initiative

·         Nze UgoAkpe Onwuka (Oyi)-National Coordinator, Igbo Renaissance Forum

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Retired Army Chief, Buratai Allegedly Executed Six Igbo Soldiers Secretly — Coalition

Former Chief of Army Staff

By Godsgift Onyedinefu

Twenty five human rights group under the aegis of Eastern Nigeria’s Rights and Intelligentsia Coalition have alleged that the just retired Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai orderd the secret execution of six Igbo Christian soldiers attached to the Armory Department of the Nigerian Army, Abacha Barracks in Abuja.

According to the coalition, the information  was disclosed  by one Barr E.R. Okoroafor, an int’l human rights lawyer, who  they said, is very conversant with the matter and was also contacted by one of the slain soldiers through his family to defend them in the trumped up charges.

The Coalition said the slain soldiers are The slain Igbo Christian soldiers; namely: Prince Ukwuoma, son of a traditional ruler; Ebube Isaiah, Amos Azubuike, Ekene Ebere, Moses Anyim and Godwin Uchendu.

The Coalition in a statement on Tuesday quoted the int’l rights lawyer, as saying “sometime in Sept 2020, an allegation of missing weapons was made at Abacha Barracks and it was immediately traced to a senior Colonel of Fulani-Hausa Muslim origin and instead of the COAS to issue query and sanction the Colonel, he exonerated him on the grounds of his tribe and religion. The COAS turned around and ordered for the arrest of 12 soldiers guarding the armory, comprising six Igbo soldiers, three Yoruba soldiers and three Fulani-Hausa Muslim soldiers. In the end, the latter soldiers were shielded and exonerated under questionable circumstances and the six Igbo soldiers made to face secret court martial during which they were blocked and prevented from having access to their families and defense lawyers of their choice”.

The statement added, “Barr E.R. Okoroafor also told the Coalition that his attempts to stand in for the Igbo soldiers were stiffly opposed and he was flimsily told by the Army’s Legal Department that civilian lawyers are not allowed to defend the accused soldiers except military lawyers”.

“Their trial was totally shrouded in secrecy and never disclosed to the public through Army statements till date; likewise their constitutional right of appeal to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court which was also totally denied”

The Coalition further alleged that the six Igbo soldiers were framed or singled out for persecution on the grounds of their ethnicity and religion  adding that dozens og Igbo soldiers have in recent times particularly since 2017/8 died under similar circumstances

The Coalition therefore said it wants Buratai to face prosecution and life jail at ICC or in national courts in any foreign country operating int’l criminal jurisdictions on crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

“We also call for a harvest of civil suits  against the perpetrators by human rights lawyers and victims of the horrendous crimes under reference

“Members of the international community especially the western democracies and the UN as well as international human rights organizations and institutions are particularly called upon to take diplomatic and advocacy notice of the named perpetrators and their atrocity crimes. This is for purpose of holding them judicially accountable and ensuring that they end up being int’l pariahs”, the statement read.

The statement was signed by

Emeka Umeagbalasi (M.Sc.), Board Chair, Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law

·         Prof Anthony Ejiofor-Chairman, World Igbo Congress (USA)

·         Prof Uzodimma Nwala-President, Ala-Igbo Dev Foundation (ADF)

·         Prof Justice Chidi-President, Concerned Elites for Better Society Initiative

·         Prof Justin Akujieze-President, Ekwenche Research Institute (USA)

·         Dr. Moses Nwaigwe-President, Biafra Genocide Survivors Group (USA)

·         Austin Okeke, Esq.-Global Leader, Igbo Board of Deputies (UK)

·         Kanayo K. Odeluga, MD., MPH-Executive Director, Igbo League, Inc.(USA)

·         Mercy Alu, MBA, PhD-Executive Coordinator, the Int’l Association of African Authors & Scholars (USA)

·         Dr. Onyenkachi Orjiako, Esq.-Rep, Int’l  Society for War Against Lawlessness (USA)

·         Dr. Okezie Kelechi-ED, Neighborhood Environment Watch Foundation

·         Dr. Jerry Chidozie Chukwuokoro-Rep, Int’l Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative

·         Comrades Chilos Godsent & Zulu Ofoelue-Reps, Igbo National Council

·         Ezekwike Chekwube Violet, Esq.-Founder, New Home Mentoring & Dev Initiative

·         Comrade Aloysius Attah-Chair, Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast

·         Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke, President, Igbo Ekunie Initiative

·         Comrade Justine Ijeoma-ED, Human Rights Social Dev & Environmental Foundation

·         Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme-Chair, Civil Liberties Organization, Anambra State

·         Comrade Peter Onyegiri-ED, Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy

·         Comrade Alex Olisa-Rep, Southeast Good Governance Forum

·         Comrade Nnana Nelson Nwafor-ED, Foundation for Environment Rights Advocacy & Dev.

·         Comrade Nkwocha Anozie-ED, Initiative for Ideal Dev & Emancipatory Leadership

·         Comrade Emeku Uche-Rep, Easy-life Initiative for Rural Youths

·         Comrade Samuel Njoku-Chair, Human Rights Organization of Nigeria

·         Comrade Ngwobia O. Ngwobia-Rep Primate Salvation Initiative

Below are photos of four of the allegedly slain soldiers


Eastern Nigeria’s Rights & Intelligentsia Coalition Launches Int’l Justice Campaigns Against Buratai & Ors

…seeks their declaration as persona non-gratae anywhere in the world and life jail for atrocities against unarmed Igbos & Others

Int’l Joint Statement

Nigeria, 2nd Feb 2021

Executive Summary

We, the undersigned human rights and intelligentsia coalition of old Eastern Nigeria origin, working toward redressing abuses and violations of human rights of grievous nature as defined by int’l instruments have today resolved to launch local and int’l justice campaigns against the immediate past Nigerian Army Chief, Retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai and over 20 others concerning their atrocious rights abuses while in office. The referenced int’l justice campaigns specifically border on justice for the victims of the horrendous rights abuses and violations and the severe punishment of their perpetrators. The chief perpetrator in this regard is immediate past Army Chief, Retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai. Others in the list are senior serving and retired military and police chiefs, as well as the Govs of Anambra and Abia States; all numbering over 20.

Secret Execution Of Six Igbo Christian Soldiers At Abacha Barracks

We have received with rude shock and deepest dismay the Monday, 25th Jan 2021 secret execution of six Igbo Christian soldiers, attached to the Armory Department of the Nigerian Army, Abacha Barracks in Abuja. The slain Igbo Christian soldiers; namely: Prince Ukwuoma, son of a traditional ruler; Ebube Isaiah, Amos Azubuike, Ekene Ebere, Moses Anyim and Godwin Uchendu were secretly executed under the instruction of now Retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, a day before he left office on Tuesday, 26th Jan 2021. This shocking news was disclosed to us by Barr E.R. Okoroafor, an int’l human rights lawyer, who is very conversant with the matter and was also contacted by one of the slain soldiers through his family to defend them in the trumped up charges, executed using hazy and clandestine Military Court Martial.

According to the int’l rights lawyer, “sometime in Sept 2020, an allegation of missing weapons was made at Abacha Barracks and it was immediately traced to a senior Colonel of Fulani-Hausa Muslim origin and instead of the COAS to issue query and sanction the Colonel, he exonerated him on the grounds of his tribe and religion. The COAS turned around and ordered for the arrest of 12 soldiers guarding the armory, comprising six Igbo soldiers, three Yoruba soldiers and three Fulani-Hausa Muslim soldiers. In the end, the latter soldiers were shielded and exonerated under questionable circumstances and the six Igbo soldiers made to face secret court martial during which they were blocked and prevented from having access to their families and defense lawyers of their choice”.

Barr E.R. Okoroafor also told the Coalition that his attempts to stand in for the Igbo soldiers were stiffly opposed and he was flimsily told by the Army’s Legal Department that “civilian lawyers are not allowed to defend the accused soldiers except military lawyers”. Their trial was totally shrouded in secrecy and never disclosed to the public through Army statements till date; likewise their constitutional right of appeal to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court which was also totally denied. The persecuted and executed soldiers protested their innocence to the point of tendering their resignation in protest; all to no avail.

Apart from their secret execution being totally despicable and condemnable and a clear case of ethnic cleansing, the Coalition also strongly suspects that the six Igbo soldiers were framed or singled out for persecution on the grounds of their ethnicity and religion. It is also doubtful whether the offense of ‘missing weapons’ in peace time is commensurable with death sentence in the Nigerian Military laws, all subject to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Another shocking part was where the immediate past Army Chief derived his power to order for secret execution of “justly” and “unjustly” convicted soldiers. This is more so when there is a national moratorium on death penalty in Nigeria. The Coalition therefore notes further that dozens, if not hundreds of Igbo soldiers have in recent times particularly since 2017/8 died under similar circumstances both in battle fronts and ‘peace time’. Additionally, there have been several reported and unreported cases of dismissals, resignations and desertions involving soldiers and officers of old Eastern Nigeria extraction on account of the ethnic cleansing under Buratai as Nigerian Army Chief.

Hundreds Of Obigbo Army Abductees Still Unaccounted For

According to facts available at Intersociety, hundreds of defenseless Obigbo residents are still missing or unaccounted for more than three months after their abduction by the Nigerian Army under Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (as he then was). A total of over 400 Obigbo residents had gone missing between late Oct and second week of Nov 2020 after the Army invasion of Obigbo and its environs on 21st Oct 2020; out of which 52 were rescued and freed in Niger State. Total of 93 others have so far been rescued and freed in Abuja. As it stands, 63 more names have been traced to different Army secret detention facilities in Abuja and at least three have been confirmed killed in Army detention among hundreds of those still being held captive and incommunicado in secret military locations..

Recommendations

·         It is our strong recommendationthat the named perpetrators especially Retired Lt Gen Tukur Buratai must face prosecution and life jail at ICC or in national courts in any foreign country operating int’l criminal jurisdictions on crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

·         We also call for a harvest of civil suits  against the perpetrators by human rights lawyers and victims of the horrendous crimes under reference

·         Members of the international community especially the western democracies and the UN as well as international human rights organizations and institutions are particularly called upon to take diplomatic and advocacy notice of the named perpetrators and their atrocity crimes. This is for purpose of holding them judicially accountable and ensuring that they end up being int’l pariahs.

·         The int’l Governments and Intergovernmental agencies should ensure that the perpetrators are declared “persona non gratae” including slamming them with appropriate international sanctions.

·         Sanctions against them should include  making them ineligible in all regional and international military, policing and other security or diplomatic engagements especially those involving corporate and individual or intergovernmental consultancies, contracts, partnerships, exchange visits, awards, presentations, board or institution appointments, holidays, etc.

·         Other non judicial sanctions being recommended against the perpetrators include denying them and their family members visas, freezing their accounts and seizing or confiscating their assets abroad, etc.

·         It is also our expert information that the perpetrators especially Lt Gen Tukur Buratai can be arrested and  taken into custody in foreign land and criminally charged through the instruments of municipal, active personality, passive personality and universal or international criminal jurisdictions or be sued through the instruments of civil claimant litigations, etc.

End of Executive Summary

Nigeria Grievously Breaches Its Int’l Commitments

The Nigerian Government is a monumental failure in terms of keeping with its regional and int’l human rights and humanitarian obligations or commitments. The grievous rights abuses and violations by the Government and its security chiefs include those provided and clearly defined in various international instruments with ‘justiciable binding effects’. Among them are crimes of genocide defined by the Article 6 of the Rome Statute; crimes against humanity defined by the Article 7 and war crimes defined by the Article 8 of the same Rome Statute of the Int’l Criminal Court. The Rome Statute was internationally enacted in 1998 and entered into force in 2001. Nigeria signed and ratified it on 27th Sept 2001.

Nigeria is also signatory to the Genocide Convention of 1948, Geneva Conventions or Laws of War of 1949 and its Protocols and Rules of Engagement (Jus In Bellum, Jus Ad Bellum and Jus Post Bellum) and Use of Force and Proportionality of same. Signed and ratified by Nigeria, too, with binding effects are the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights (including Right to Self Determination via non armed resistance) of 1981; Int’l Covenants on Civil & Political Rights and Economic, Social & Cultural Rights of 1976; Convention against Enforced Disappearances of 2009 and Convention against Torture of 1985. These sets of int’l crimes are also prohibited by the country’s grundnorm or the 1999 Constitution; majorly categorized by the country’s body of criminal laws into: ‘crimes against persons’ and ‘crimes against properties’.

International Prohibited Acts: These include: murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation or forcible transfer of population, unlawful imprisonment, unlawful killings, unlawful executions, abduction of slain victims’ bodies, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, torture, persecution against an identifiable group on the grounds of tribe/ethnicity and religion, enforced disappearance of persons, the crime of apartheid and other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

19 Massacres Perpetrated By Nigerian Army Under Buratai & Ors

Not only that many, if not most of the heinous crimes highlighted above were grisly perpetrated in Nigeria when Retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai held sway as the country’s Army Chief, but there was also zero accountability as they were swept under the carpet till date by the authorities; thereby breaching the Rome Statute’s ‘Principle of Complimentarity & Zero Impunity’. Under Retired Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai as Nigeria’s Army Chief, according to grounded statistics provided by the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law; a highly respected research and investigative advocacy group monitoring the grievous crimes and their perpetrators since 2015; the following 19 massacres and related others have taken place with none of the perpetrators brought to justice till date.

They include: (1) the 30th August 2015 massacre of 40 defenseless citizens of Judeo-Christian faith during peaceful protests in Onitsha, Enugu, Yenagoa, Uyo, Port Harcourt and Asaba; (2) 2nd and 17th Dec 2015 massacre of 30 defenseless citizens of same faith in Onitsha; and (3) 14th-15th Dec 2015 massacre of no fewer than 1000 unarmed Shiite Muslims during their religious processions in Zaria (Government later admitted massacring 348);  (4) 18th and 29th Jan 2016  massacre of 20 defenseless citizens of Judeo-Christian faith during peaceful protests in Aba; (5)  9th Feb 2016 massacre of 30 unarmed protesters in Aba;  (6) 29th and 30th May 2016 massacre of 140 defenseless citizens of Judeo-Christian faith during global Igbo Heroes Day in Onitsha and Nkpor (110 deaths) and Asaba (30 deaths), (7) the 2016 starvation to death of 240 civilian detainees including 29 children with ages between newborn and five years at Giwa Army Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State (AI Report: 2016);  (8) 7th Jan 2017 military massacre (air bombing) of 236 internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Christian IDP camp in Kala-Balge, Borno State;  (9) 20th Jan 2017 massacre of 20 unarmed protesters (pro-Trump rally) in Port Harcourt; (10)  4th Dec 2017 massacre (air bombing) of 50 rural Christians in Numan, Adamawa State; and (11) 11th to 14th Sept 2017 massacre of over 180 unarmed and defenseless citizens of Judeo-Christians faith in Ogwe, Aba, Isiala-Ngwa and Umuahia, all in Abia State.

The rest are:  (12) 29th and 30th Oct 2018 massacre of 47 Shiite Muslims in Abuja; (13) 29th/30th June 2020 Army massacre of 30 unarmed Tiv Christians in Taraba State; (14) 23rd August 2020 Army massacre of  over 30 Judeo-Christian worshippers and sports activists in Emene, Enugu State; (15) 20th  night of Oct 2020 massacre of over 20 defenseless protesters in Lekki, Lagos State; (16) Oct 2020 massacre by Army/Police of over 300 unarmed citizens across Nigeria during the EndSARS protests including over 70 killed in Lagos and 50 killed in the Southeast, (17) Oct/Nov 2020 massacre by Army of not some 102 defenseless Igbo citizens in Obigbo, Rivers State, (18) abduction between 22nd Oct and 10th Nov 2020 of over 400 defenseless Obigbo residents in Rivers State and their clustered incommunicado detention in different military dungeons in Northern Nigeria, during which scores were tortured or shot dead in captivity; and  (19) Jan 2021  killings by Nigerian Army in Orlu, Imo State where about defenseless residents of the area have so far been reported killed. The Orlu Army killings is led by a hateful Fulani-Hausa Muslim Army commander, named ‘Brig Gen Ibrahim Tukura’, Commandant, 34 Brigade, Obinze, near Owerri, Imo State.

Other Leading Perpetrators In The 19 Massacres

(1)Retired Lt Gen Abayomi Olanisakin, former Chief of Defense Staff (co-supervised the Sept 2017 massacre of over 180 defenseless Southeasterners and maiming of over 130 others in Abia and killing of not less than 102 Obigbo residents, maiming of 120 others and abduction of over 400), (2) Retired Air Chief Marshall Sadique Abubakar (supervised the air bombing of not less than 300 Christians in Jan and Dec 2017 in Borno and Adamawa States), (3) Major Gen Ibrahim Attahiru (new Army Chief of Staff and coordinator of the massacre of 216 defenseless Easterners in 2015/6 in Anambra and Abia States), (4) Retired IGP Solomon Arase and Retired IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris (co-supervised the massacre of over 400 defenseless Easterners on 30th  August, 2nd and 17th Dec 2015, 18th and 29th Jan, 9th Feb and 29th and 30th May 2016 in Anambra and Abia and 20th Jan and 11th-14th Sept 2017 in Abia and Rivers States), (5) Retired Director Musa Daura (former DG, SSS and state intelligence provider in referenced massacres that took place in 2015, 2016 and 2017) and (6) Major Gen Adamu Baba Abubakar, (former GOC, 82 Division, Enugu and coordinator of the massacre of over 180 defenseless Easterners in Sept 2017), (7)  Major Gen Lasisi Adegboye (current GOC, 82 Division, Enugu and formerly a principal staff officer of the Division and co-coordinator of the massacre of over 180 defenseless Easterners in Abia State in Sept 2017).

The rest are: (8) Major Gen Abdul Kalifa Ibrahim (former Brigade Commander, 14 Brigade, Ohafia and co-coordinator of the massacre in Sept 2017),  (9) Major Gen John Enenche (former Defense Headquarters Spokesman and co-supervisor of the massacre of 180 defenseless Easterners in Sept 2017), (10) Brig Gen Isa Maigari Abdullahi (former Commandant of 302 Artillery, Onitsha and coordinator of the 2nd and 17th Dec 2015 and 29th and 30th May 2016 massacre of over 180 defenseless Easterners in Anambra and Delta States, (11) Retired DIG Jabila Joshak (9th Feb 2016 Aba massacre), (12) Retired AIG Hosea Karma (2016 World Igbo Day massacre in Anambra and Delta), (13) Retired DIG Anthony Ogbizi (Sept 2017 massacre in Aba, Umuahia, etc), (14) AIG Babatunde Johnson Kokumo (2016 World Igbo Heroes Day massacre in Anambra), (15) Major Gen I.H. Bature (Sept 2017 massacre in Aba, Umuahia, etc), (16) Major Gen Enobong Okon Udo(supervisor of 20th Jan 2017 pro Trump rally killing of 20 defenseless citizens in Port Harcourt, Rivers State),  (17) Brig Gen Sagir Musa (co-supervisor in the killings of Dec 2015 to Sept 2017 in Anambra and Abia), (18) Col Umar Sidi Kasim (Commanding Officer, 144 Battalion, Asa in Abia State and coordinator of the 9th Feb 2016 and Sept 2017 massacres in Aba, Umuahia, etc), (19) Col C.O. Ibrahim (Onitsha Cantonment Military Police Officer and troop commander of  the 29th and 30th May 2016 World Igbo Heroes Day massacre in Anambra and Delta), (20) Govs William Obiano and (21) Victor Ikpeazu of Anambra and Abia States (mobilized and funded the 2016 World Igbo Heroes Day massacre in Anambra and the 9th Feb 2016 and Sept 2017 massacres in Aba, Umuahia and others), etc. The office immunities of the two Govs will elapse on 17th March 2022 and 29th May 2023 respectively.

Attached Photos belong to four of the six slain Igbo Christian soldiers; namely: (1) Prince Ukwuoma (in Army uniform with rifle), (2) Ebube Isaiah (in Army uniform with rifle), (3) Moses Anyim (in civilian cap) and (4) Godwin Uchendu (in passport)

Signatories:

·         Emeka Umeagbalasi (M.Sc.), Board Chair, Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law

·         Prof Anthony Ejiofor-Chairman, World Igbo Congress (USA)

·         Prof Uzodimma Nwala-President, Ala-Igbo Dev Foundation (ADF)

·         Prof Justice Chidi-President, Concerned Elites for Better Society Initiative

·         Prof Justin Akujieze-President, Ekwenche Research Institute (USA)

·         Dr. Moses Nwaigwe-President, Biafra Genocide Survivors Group (USA)

·         Austin Okeke, Esq.-Global Leader, Igbo Board of Deputies (UK)

·         Kanayo K. Odeluga, MD., MPH-Executive Director, Igbo League, Inc.(USA)

·         Mercy Alu, MBA, PhD-Executive Coordinator, the Int’l Association of African Authors & Scholars (USA)

·         Dr. Onyenkachi Orjiako, Esq.-Rep, Int’l  Society for War Against Lawlessness (USA)

·         Dr. Okezie Kelechi-ED, Neighborhood Environment Watch Foundation

·         Dr. Jerry Chidozie Chukwuokoro-Rep, Int’l Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative

·         Comrades Chilos Godsent & Zulu Ofoelue-Reps, Igbo National Council

·         Ezekwike Chekwube Violet, Esq.-Founder, New Home Mentoring & Dev Initiative

·         Comrade Aloysius Attah-Chair, Civil Liberties Organization, Southeast

·         Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke, President, Igbo Ekunie Initiative

·         Comrade Justine Ijeoma-ED, Human Rights Social Dev & Environmental Foundation

·         Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme-Chair, Civil Liberties Organization, Anambra State

·         Comrade Peter Onyegiri-ED, Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy

·         Comrade Alex Olisa-Rep, Southeast Good Governance Forum

·         Comrade Nnana Nelson Nwafor-ED, Foundation for Environment Rights Advocacy & Dev.

·         Comrade Nkwocha Anozie-ED, Initiative for Ideal Dev & Emancipatory Leadership

·         Comrade Emeku Uche-Rep, Easy-life Initiative for Rural Youths

·         Comrade Samuel Njoku-Chair, Human Rights Organization of Nigeria

·         Comrade Ngwobia O. Ngwobia-Rep Primate Salvation Initiative

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#EndSARS: DJ Switch To Speak To International Criminal Court Today |The Republican News

By Arogbonlo Israel

DJ Switch, a Nigerian female disc jockey, says she’ll be addressing the International Criminal Court (ICC) today, 17th December, 2020 over the #EnSARS protests that greeted the country in October.

Her words; “Tomorrow 17th of December 2020, I will be speaking at the 19th assembly of states parties to the International Criminal Court.

“I know we are all experiencing hardship one way or the other, I know it seems like no one cares enough for Nigeria and Africa to help us fight our oppressors. but this is the generation that does not take NO for an answer! So let me tell you straight up, it will take time… Maybe a long time.”

“So what do we have to lose that we already did not have? Security? Jobs? A working health system? What do we have to lose? Don’t give up! I told you… I’m not great at social media and updates but we are fighting seriously behind the scenes, something will definitely give,” she wrote.

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Nnamdi Kanu Petitions United Nations Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses In Nigeria |The Republican News


Edward Nnachi

Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, petitioned the United Nations and its relevant agencies over alleged human rights abuses suffered by its people at the hands of the Nigerian government.

A statement signed by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Director, Comrade Emma Powerful, which was made available to The PUNCH, in Abakaliki, hinted that there was hope that the UN and officials in Geneva, were giving adequate attention to the various human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated against members of the group.

The statement read, “The enigma championing the current restoration quest of Biafra and leader of the indomitable Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, today, the 18th day of September 2019, scored yet another mark as he led a delegation of Biafrans to an all-important series of meetings with various United Nations agencies and its officials in Geneva.

“He demanded urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafrans and the need to support the undeniable right of Biafrans to self-determination as enshrined in law, statute and various UN conventions. The case of RUGA settlement by stealth was also raised and the august body was left in doubt that Biafrans will never allow Fulani settlements in Biafraland.

“Every issue concerning our people is now before the various arms and agencies of the United Nations. Our case will no longer be ignored.

“‘Every issue concerning our people’ as mentioned by Kanu ranges from the incessant killing of Biafrans in their own land, extortion and killing of Biafran motorcyclists and commercial drivers.

“Exploiting the rights of indigenous people to self-determination as provided by the UN charter 2007, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his usual charismatic poise has conscientiously pursued freedom for the oppressed people of Biafra.


“He also raised the issue of the continued illegal detention of Omoleye Sowore, the relentless persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheikh El-Zakzaky, ongoing tragic ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt and plight of Christian minorities in core North. From every indication, there is palpable air of assurance that all the years of neglect of Biafra as a global issue requiring serious attention is now a thing of the past.”

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Don’t Panic On Federal Government Aircraft Deal, IPOB Tells Biafrans

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 From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday asked Biafrans to remain calm and resolute over the recent move by the Federal Government to acquire some aircraft from the United States of America (USA).

Federal Government, it was gathered had approached the US government for the purchase of some aircraft from her to enable it intensify and win the fight against Boko Haram.

 The move has been seen in many quarters of Biafran land as a negative omen for Biafra agitation, with many feeling that US government selling aircraft to Nigeria would be equipping the Federal Government to run over agitators.

 But, in a statement yesterday by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, the group said the business deal by the two governments would not in any way affect Biafra struggle.

“In view of the US government, Boko Haram threat has to be dealt with militarily.

“It’s for the US to provide compelling reason(s) as to why the sale of the aircraft will be detrimental to the overall US national interest. The USA is a country of civilised people, therefore, they base their foreign policy decisions on hard facts and self preservation, not sentiment or emotion.

 “Nigeria remains a ‘sovereign’ state, with the backing of US closest ally, Britain that created it. What we are witnessing here is international politics at play and nothing for IPOB to worry about.

“Britain, having publicly vowed to save Nigeria recently, when it said it won’t allow any break-up, has now gone the extra mile to back up its words with military assistance from the world’s top super power, which is to be expected under the circumstance.

 “This move, if politically motivated by the British, is calculated to demoralise IPOB and if we allow it to, then they would have scored a crucial psychological victory over us.

“Liberation struggle is never a walk in the park or endless smooth sailing, sometimes you get knocked sideways but you recover and continue marching forward.

“The question we must ask is this, is the existential threat of Boko Haram more compelling at this material time to necessitate military assistance from the US to Nigeria vis-a-vis human rights needs?

 “Unfortunately, the answer is yes, because President Donald Trump knows that there is no way the Nigeria Air Force could conceivably conduct unprovoked and disproportionate bombing raids against Biafrans in this digital day and age.

“We must, therefore, not allow ourselves to be distracted from doing the needful, which is hard diplomatic work necessary to win over foreign powers to our cause.”

Boko Haram  is an extremist violent Islamic group and therefore falls within the category of issues that US accord the utmost priority, so, this deal is nothing to worry about.

 “We must not forget that we, IPOB, especially the new leadership in the US, can stop this deal dead in its tracks if we work doubly hard to invoke the Leahy Law. But then, again, do we want Boko Haram to continue to gain ground unchecked? These are hard questions we must address .” 

It, therefore, stressed that the battle for Biafra independence would not be determined with fighter jets and bombers but with the influence of friends and allies of Biafra in the corridors of power all over the world.   (The Sun)

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