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Nigerian Army, Police Killed 115, Unlawfully Arrested 500 Persons In South East In Four Months —Amnesty International |RN

Among those who became victims of ruthless attacks of the security operatives were the volunteers of the Eastern Security Network

No fewer than 115 people have been killed and 500 arrested in the South-East region of the country by Nigerian security agents in four months.

Also, both the military and police have jointly tortured innocent civilians and subjected them to cruel treatment in their numerous raids.

Among those who became victims of ruthless attacks of the security operatives were the volunteers of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a militia arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).


These revelations were made by Amnesty International in a Press Release obtainable to SaharaReporters on Wednesday.

“Amnesty International documented at least 115 persons killed by security forces between January and June 2021. Many relatives of the victims told Amnesty International that they were not part of the militants that were attacking security agents.

“Many of the victims were deposited at government hospitals in Imo and Abia states. According to several hospital sources all the victims deposited by the police had bullet injuries.

“Nigerian security forces have committed a catalogue of human rights violations and crimes under international law in their response to spiralling violence in southeast Nigeria, carrying out a repressive campaign since January which has included sweeping mass arrests, excessive and unlawful force, and torture and other ill-treatment,” said Amnesty International in the statement.

Most of the alleged atrocities unleashed by the nation’s main security agents were carried out in Imo, Anambra and Abia states.

“The evidence gathered by Amnesty International paints a damning picture of ruthless excessive force by Nigerian security forces in Imo, Anambra and Abia states,” said Osai Ojigho, Country Director at Amnesty International.

According to the statement, the security agents haunted South-East residents who they believed were part of the ESN that have killed their men and attacked government infrastructural facilities.

The non-governmental human rights organisation also stated that media firms and eyewitnesses documented some of these inhumane activities of the army and police against armless civilians.

“Nigeria’s government has responded with a heavy hand to killings and violence widely attributed to the armed group calling itself Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed wing of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), a pro-Biafra movement.

“According to government officials, the ESN killed dozens of security operatives and attacked at least ten public buildings, including prisons, police stations, and other public buildings from January to June. In response, security forces comprising military, police, and Department of State Services (DSS) have killed dozens of gunmen, as well as civilians where attacks have been committed. 

“Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that the security forces have engaged in excessive use of force, physical abuse, secret detentions, extortion, burning of houses, theft, and extra-judicial executions of suspects.

“Human rights groups estimated that the death toll of violence between January and June 2021 in Anambra, Imo, Abia, and Ebonyi states might run into the hundreds. The police said ESN fighters killed 21 of its personnel in Imo state alone.

“Amnesty International carried out an extensive investigation to document the human rights violations and crimes under international law in Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia states from January 2021.

“The organisation documented 52 incidents of unlawful killings and 62 cases of arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and torture. Media reports, video and audio recordings reviewed show that the Nigerian security forces also employed excessive force and other unlawful means to address the rising violence,” the statement continued.

While establishing some of the horrible occurrences, the Amnesty International buttressed its points with the incident of a German-based Uguchi Unachukwu killed by soldiers at Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri at the last day of May. It also spoke about another man, Matthew Opara shot dead by soldiers near Owerri on May 25.  

“Uguchi Unachukwu, a German-based businessman was killed by soldiers on 31 May at a checkpoint near Owerri airport on his way out of the country. The police are yet to investigate the crime.

“Mathew Opara, a 45-year-old businessman, was shot by soldiers on 25 May 2021 in Orji, near Owerri. Witnesses told Amnesty International that he was returning from work when he ran into a team of soldiers in an armoured vehicle and Hilux vans shooting at residents.

“He was shot in the chest and could not receive immediate medical help because of the violence. His family said the military acknowledged the killing but did not launch an investigation or offer any apology,” Amnesty International added.

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IPOB Sue US Secretary Of State, Defense Secretary, Over Sale Of Super Tucano Aircraft To Nigeria |RN

US. Secretary of State, Mr Antony Blinken

By William Ukpe

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, sued the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin over the sale of A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria which they say would be used on their supporters.

This was revealed in a report by Bloomberg on Monday after Constitutional lawyer, Bruce Fein filed the case on behalf of IPOB and 10 unidentified persons in a federal court in Washington.

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IPOB is seeking a judge to order the Secretary of State and Defense Secretary to block the transfer of six A-29 Tucano aircraft to Nigeria.

According to the report, IPOB’s lawyer said the U.S, by allowing Nigeria to receive six Super Tucano planes on July 21 violated laws that are supposed to “shield citizens of foreign sovereigns from harm caused by United States weapons in the hands of security forces guilty of gross human rights violations.”

What you should know
Nairametrics reported last week that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) announced that the first batch of the twelve A-29 Super Tucanos ordered by the FG has arrived, as six Tucanos arrived in Nigeria from the United States.

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The Super Tucano Aircraft, which has been described as devastatingly effective against covert insurgents was approved for sale to the Nigerian Government by the Trump-led US administration to support Nigeria’s military operations against terrorist organizations, Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa, and Nigeria’s efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.

This deal came after the Obama-led US government reportedly refused to help Nigeria with military equipment to fight insurgency in the country.

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A-29 Super Tucano aircraft project on track to be delivered on schedule – Air Force
Nigeria to receive 6 Super Tucano aircraft from US in July 2021 to fight insurgency. (Nairametrics)

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We’ll Protect Citizens From IPOB’S Ghost-Monday Threat —Anambra, Police |The Republican News


Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

By Tony Okafor

ANAMBRA State Government and the state Police Command have assured citizens of protection from the sit-at-home threat of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

This was as a group known as Igbo for a Progressive Nigeria condemned the every-Monday-sit-at-home order by the IPOB to prevail on the Federal Government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB had declared what it called ‘Ghost Monday’ in the South-East, starting from August 9.

The National Leader of the group, Lawrence Onuzulike, in a statement in Awka, Anambra State, on Monday said the proscribed secessionist group’s declaration was anti-Igbo, stating that it would adversely affect economic growth of Nigeria and the South-East in particular.

He said, “IPOB must not continue to oppress Ndigbo and add to their sufferings. Why must they force their fights and struggles on the entire Igbo nation?

“If governors of the South-East cannot protect the lives and properties of their subjects, then something is wrong. We call on the Federal Government to protect the lives of Igbo people if Igbo leaders are playing hide and seek.”

The group enjoined IPOB to engage in exercises that would protect the Igbo and not to always oppress and threaten their people.

However, the Anambra State Government and the Police Command said measures had been put in place to ensure that the people of the state would not be intimidated by any person or group.

The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, said, “We won’t disclose our plans in the media, but I want to assure you that we have big plans to ensure that our people are free from any form of intimidation.”

Similarly, the state Police Command said there was no need for alarm over the threat.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said the Command was committed to the protection of the people of the state. (Punch)

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UK Government Has Hand In Nnamdi Kanu’s Abduction In Kenya, Says Lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor |The Republican News


By Ogochukwu Anioke, Abakaliki

The British government has a hand in the alleged ‘abduction’ of leader of The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu in Nairobi, Kenya his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has alleged.

Mr Ejiofor made the accusation on Wednesday while speaking on Arise TV Morning Show.

He also accused the British Government and the British High Commission of not doing much to help Kanu despite being a British citizen.

Ejiofor wondered why the Commission has not visited Kanu since he was brought to Nigeria.

He noted that unlike Kanu’s 2015 arrest when the Commission was regularly visiting him while in detention, the British Commission is paying lip service to helping him this time around.

He said: “I can confirm to you that British high commission is not doing much about this case. I can confirm to you that there is every likely hood of connivance in what happened to my client.

“Because some times in 2015 when my client was arrested I know how they were keeping in constant communication with him and visiting him regularly both when he was in DSS custody and when he was transfered to prison.

“But as at yesterday a British national was arrested and till date they have not visited him even when we have officially notified them of the situation.

“As at the time he was arrested, he was arrested as a British national because he had renounced his Nigerian citizenship over 5 years ago. And they are still talking about offering him consular services”, he said

Ejiofor cautioned the media to stop describing the ordeal of his client in Kenya as an arrest arguing that it was a clear case of abduction, illegal imprisonment,torture and extraordinary rendition.

He said the manner he was taken and the manner Yoruba Activist, Sunday Igboho was arrested were completely different.

“At the time he was arrested, his associates in Nairobi started looking for him. They searched in all the Police stations and other law enforcement agencies and he was nowhere to be found.

“In the case of Sunday Igboho, he was arresteded in Benin Republic and taken to custody and is being subjected to trial. His arrest was announced but in the case of my client he was detained in an illegal facility for 8 days after which he was renditioned back to Nigeria,”he said

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Nnamdi Kanu Transferred To DSS Custody In Niger —Prince Meme Kanu |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

The younger brother of IPOB leader, Prince Meme Kanu has stated reasons Nnamdi Kanu was not seen in court on Monday.

Recall that Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the case of Nnamdi Kanu till October 21 because of the inability of the DSS to produce him.

Speaking via his Facebook page, Prince Meme stated that his brother is currently in a DSS office in Niger state.

“I’m reliably informed that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been moved to DSS detention center in Niger State. This is why he was not produced in court today.”

Our leader MNK has being transferred to Niger state by the Nigerian DSS.

Recall that the DSS and the federal government told that the judge that Kanu was not produced in court due to logistics. This simply confirms the claim by Kanu’s junior brother.

This has made some IPOB members to serious questions about Kanu’s wellbeing. Many who spoke to The Republican News asked:

“How is our leader feeding and what is he being fed with? 

“Who will be providing what he will be eating? Who will be going to Niger state to visit him?

This made them to alleged that there is plan to kill him. “We all should know that this evil Fulani government is up to something

“We should understand that they don’t want our leader to come out alive that is why they transferred him to Niger state where he will  have limited visitors.

“The next thing the Fulani will do now is to assassinate Barrister Ejiofor on his way to Niger state to visit our leader and claim it’s bandits. They will make that road a terror zone so that those who will go to visit our leader will find it difficult.

“How is MNK going to survive Niger state DSS dungeon?

These were serious questions raised by some members of IPOB when they spoke The Republican News

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BREAKING NEWS: Justice Nyako Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Over FG Failure To Produce Him In Court |RN

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

By Unini Chioma


The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, resumed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday without Kanu’s presence in court.

When the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, M. B. Abubakar, informed the court that the matter was slated for hearing and that they were ready to continue.

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court that there was a pending application before the court to transfer Kanu from the custody of the DSS to the correctional centre.

Justice Binta Nyako stated that the trial cannot continue in the absence of Kanu since he is not available to stand his trial.

Justice Nyako also called the DSS to produce the IPOB leader in court for trial.

The court adjourned to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing.

In June, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial. He was remanded in DSS custody after he was re-arraigned before the judge.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government over his campaign for a ”Republic of Biafra”.

He was released in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

He later fled Nigeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state in November 2017.

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BREAKING: IPOB Members Arrested At Abuja Court For Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial |The Republican News

by Victor Akande


Nigeria Police force on Monday has arrested some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) when they converged on the Federal High Court in Abuja for Nnamdi Kanu’s trial.

The IPOB members were chanting slogans in support of Kanu and demanding his freedom.

Some of them wore Jewish apparel.

There was a commotion as the police tried to disperse members of the group.

Some of them were subsequently arrested while others fled.

Kanu’s trial is scheduled to continue today after he was arrested and extradited to Nigeria in June.

He was re-arraigned and remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) upon his extradition to Nigeria.

The IPOB leader is facing charges of a treasonable felony for his agitation for the independent Republic of Biafra.

Abubakar Malami had reportedly warned members of IPOB not to attend the court hearing.

He said Kanu’s lawyers will be allowed into the court premises, but added that branded IPOB T-shirts or caps will not be allowed.

But in response to Malami’s statement, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, told Vanguard that members of the group have every right to be in court.

He added that IPOB members will be peaceful and orderly when they arrive at the court.

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‘Build More Prisons, Morgue For US’ —Defiant IPOB Members To Abubakar Malami |The Republican News

IPOB members during protest


The group also told the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to prepare more cells and mortuaries should he want to detain or kill its members, as they prepare to flood the court to show solidarity with their leader.

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have vowed to storm Abuja, the nation’s capital for the trial of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday.

The group also told the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to prepare more cells and mortuaries should he want to detain or kill its members, as they prepare to flood the court to show solidarity with their leader.

The group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, disclosed this to SaharaReporters on Sunday while speaking about his expectations regarding Kanu’s trial, which is expected to commence on Monday.

He, however, cautioned the members of IPOB and Kanu’s supporters to behave appropriately and obey the law.

“You should expect Biafrans in Abuja tomorrow and nobody can stop us or prevent us from being in court tomorrow. Nnamdi Kanu is our leader and we cannot afford to abandon him because he did not abandon us.

“IPOB members should move to Abuja and those living in Abuja must be there to show solidarity with our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and for Nigeria to know that he is our own.

“Malami and his co-conspirators should prepare to kill all of us tomorrow, and every IPOB member must behave well.

“This is to show the world that we are coming, (and) for this court to know that we are disciplined and cultured. Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has laid the foundation of IPOB well and we must follow his teachings,” Powerful said.

Kanu, the leader of the most popular pro-Biafra group, will continue his trial on Monday at a Federal High Court in Abuja after he fled Nigeria in 2017. He is being prosecuted on allegations bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms, among others levelled against him by the Nigerian government.

He has been in the detention of the Department of State Services (DSS) since he was abducted in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria, after his brief appearance before Justice Binta Nyako on June 30.

According to Powerful, the Nigerian government is inflicting pain on IPOB members through its actions.

He, however, vowed that the group will not keep quiet until the world hears and comes to its aid.

“We will be there tomorrow. Let Malami clean his prisons and mortuary for our people tomorrow. The world will see them tomorrow. You cannot beat a child and force the child not to cry, that is what they are trying to do to us and we must cry until the world hears us. Nnamdi Kanu remains our leader, no other person,” Powerful added.

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Use Nnamdi Kanu To Dialogue With Biafra Agitators, Ohaneze Youth Tells FG |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

By Chinedu Aroh

The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the apex youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Friday, called on the federal government to calm restive youths in the South East by using Nnamdi Kanu to engage them in productive dialogue.

The group also advised caution over the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The national president of the council, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, stated this in an interview with newsmen.

Igboayaka advised the Nigerian government to ensure justice in the trial of Kanu. He also urged the government to ensure fairness among nationalities of the country to reduce ethnic tension.

According to him, ‘threats of death or imprisoning the agitators cannot quench the call for Biafra restoration, but the only viable means is dialogue and negotiation’.

Comrade Igboayaka called on Igbo leaders, governors and former governors, senators, traditional and religious leaders to rally round Nnamdi Kanu for his safety.

In his words, “No one throws away a child with the dirty bath water, and an elder who rescued a perceived stubborn child has paved a new way of reasoning and the need to listen to the elders.’

He said, “Whether wrong or right, anybody thinking that Nnamdi Kanu is standing alone should interview any Igbo youth in all the communities of Igbo extraction. You will be shocked that Igbo youths still believe in Igwe Bu Ike and Onye Aghala Nwanne Ya. This evidential proof is a signal that Nnamdi Kanu could be used by the government to come into a dialogue or negotiation table”

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United Kingdom Ask Nigeria To Explain Circumstances Behind Nnamdi Kanu’s Abduction |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain has asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who holds British citizenship, was arrested after Kanu’s lawyer alleged he had been detained and mistreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which wants part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was on the run outside Nigeria for four years until he was brought to court in Abuja on June 29 and told he would face trial. read more

“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain’s Foreign Office.

The Nigerian authorities have refused to say where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved. read more

Responding to a question about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide consular assistance.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Department of State Services, the security agency that is holding Kanu, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in Nigeria.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged he was abducted by Kenya’s special police force and held for eight days before being turned over to Nigerian authorities. read more

Kanu faces 11 charges including treason, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms. His case is due to resume in court in Abuja next week.

IPOB wants a swathe of the southeast to split from Nigeria. The region attempted to secede in 1967 under the name Republic of Biafra, triggering a three-year civil war in which more than a million people died, mostly from starvation.

The Biafran enclave was reabsorbed into Nigeria after the war, but despite an official “no victor no vanquished” policy adopted at the time, discontent has continued to simmer in the region.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and William James in London, Camillus Eboh in Abuja; Editing by Alison Williams

(Reuters)

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