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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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JUST IN: Ohanaeze Hails Nigerian Army For Restoring Peace In South East |The Republican News

by Victor Ndubuisi

President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador George Obiozo has commended the Nigerian Army for its role in restoring peace to South East Region.

He made the commendation in Enugu when he hosted the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja on a courtesy visit on Wednesday.

Ambassador Obiozo expressed his delight for the visit saying “without peace nations cannot progress and without the Armed Forces, we will have more problems. They are the pillars of Nigeria’s unity.”

He described the Nigerian Army among “the best in Africa”. He calls on troops to continue to do their best to ensure peace and security nationwide.

Responding, the General Officer Commanding described Ohanaeze Ndigbo as a key stakeholder in managing the affairs within the Divisions core Area of Responsibility.

He said the “Nigerian Army is an instrument of the state to safeguard peace, security and to ensure economic activities” hence the need to partner all stakeholders to achieve its mandate.

General Lagbaja commended the leadership of the group for their recent pronouncement against the threat of using force in enforcing secessionists’ planned weekly sit at home order.

He assured the entire residents of the region of security and warns troublemakers against any breach of security.

He extended the hand of cooperation of the Division to the group in areas of security in the region.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a socio-cultural organisation designed to provide a platform where Ndigbo, within and outside Nigeria come together for the purpose of nurturing better understanding and harmonious relations amongst themselves and with other ethnic groups in Nigeria and beyond.

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Igbo Businessmen Request Northern Traders In South East To Give Estimate Of Losses Incurred Via Alleged IPOB Attacks |RN

Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu

Some prominent businessmen in the South-East led by Nigerian politician Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, have called on northern traders in the region to provide them with an estimate of the losses incurred as a result of attacks by Biafran agitators.

They made this known during a meeting involving Igbo leaders and northern business leaders in the South-East.

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been accused of carrying out attacks on government institutions, security forces and individuals, including northerners and their businesses.

At the meeting held in Owerri, Imo State on Wednesday, the Igbo businessmen pledged to do everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of the northerners living in their area.

They also asked the northen traders to report all losses incurred due to the killings and destruction of property

The Igbo tribesmen said they will convene another conference in the North, and promised that everything will be fine within a short time.

Speaking during the meeting, Nwuanyanwu promised that they would ensure a return to normalcy.

“If they are honest Nigerians, we should help them (affected traders). As soon as we have people like you talking to them, we should help them,” he said.

On his part, head of the Northern Livestock Dealers Association, Alhaji Yau Ali, said members of the association attended the meeting because they wanted to take action on the killings of northerners in the south-east.

Some Igbo activists have expressed concern over the situation, saying Igbo people have investments in various parts of northern Nigeria.

They say there are at least 11 million Igbo people living in northern Nigeria.

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Buhari Will Carry Out His War Threat On S’East And Nothing Will Happen —Festus Keyamo |The Republican News

Muhammadu Buhari and Festus Keyamo

Festus Keyamo, Minister Of State For Labour and Employment, says elites who were silent when their region was “on fire” are not fit to teach President Muahmmadu Buhari how to do his job.

There has been unrest in the southern region of the country, where public facilities and security operatives have come under attack in recent weeks.

The president had, on Monday, said persons behind the attacks on public facilities will “soon have the shock of their lives”.

He had also said those “misbehaving in certain parts of the country” are oblivious of the destruction and tragedy that came in the wake of the Nigerian Civil War, adding that “those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

The president’s statement had been trailed by varied reactions, but Keyamo in a series of tweets, defended Buhari, saying those against the stance of the federal government were happy about the destruction of public structures.

“I hope some elites who couldn’t find their voices to rein in their wards when their region burnt, will not suddenly find their voices against Mr. President! Those who screamed that it’s Mr. The President’s duty to maintain law & order should NOT try to teach him how to do his job now,” Keyamo tweeted, attaching the president’s statement.

“The anger some are displaying against the President’s resolve to be decisive in dealing with these scoundrels is an indication of their support for the destruction of public infrastructure because they want to cripple Govt. A pure case of cutting your nose to spite your face!

“A very unfortunate reasoning you read is that because insurgency is still prevalent in some other parts of the country, the President should just allow some villains destroy another region. It’s like a competition to bring the insecurity in one region at par with other regions!

“The President has vowed to deal with the scoundrels destroying public infrastructure & killing people to instigate insurrection & some dimwits really interpret this to mean he is threatening INNOCENT citizens! This reasoning is so ABSURD that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. One thing is sure, Mr President has said it and the order must be carried out and there’s nothing anyone can do about it” he said.

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Biafra Rememberance Day: Nnamdi Kanu Commends Obiano, Ugwuanyi, Ikpeazu, Umahi For Complaince |RN

IPOB Leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

By Steve Oko

Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State; his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi;  Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, and Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State for taking some proactive actions in memory of the Biafra Day celebration.

Kanu had ordered a sit-at-home to mark this year’s Biafra Day and in honour of all those killed in the struggle for Biafra independence since 1976.

Kanu in a live broadcast Monday morning via Facebook and other social media platforms, hailed the courage of Gov. Obiano in building a cenotaph in memory of fallen Biafra heroes.

He also commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for releasing members of Zionist Biafra group crammed into detention for some months now.

The IPOB Leader also saluted the boldness of Gov. Ikpeazu in “speaking truth to power” when he declared on Sunday night that Abia traders would not be forced to open their shops today (Monday) if they chose not to do so.

Similarly, Kanu grudgingly commended the decision of Umahi to rescind his earlier threat to seize the shop of any trader in Ebonyi that closed shop because of the sit-at-home order.

Kanu said that “for the first time” the governors had behaved in a manner that won his admiration.

“Maybe they are beginning to repent but I don’t want to be quick in saying they have repented until I’m sure they have. If they have repented, that will be nice for us all”.

Kanu called for unity among Ndigbo and other indigenous tribes that make up Biafra republic, saying that unity of the people is Nigeria’s greatest nightmare.

(Vanguard News Nigeria)

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Acting IGP, Usman Baba Is Unfit, Unprofessional About S’East, Appointment Must Not Be Confirmed —Civil Societies |RN

Acting IGP, Usman Alkali Baba

The coalition of 19 civil societies declared that Baba is unfit to lead the Nigeria Police Force and should therefore not be confirmed by the National Assembly.
A coalition of civil society organisations has stated that the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has displayed unprofessionalism by ordering the Indigenous People of Biafra members to be shot dead in the South-East.

The coalition of 19 civil societies declared that Baba is unfit to lead the Nigeria Police Force and should therefore not be confirmed by the National Assembly.

The civil societies stated these in a state-of-the-country release on Saturday, adding that the police should be careful about arresting and parading innocent residents in the South-East states as IPOB members without deep investigation.

Some of the CSOs are Spaces for Change, African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, COMPPART Foundation for Justice and Peacebuilding, Orlu Security Peace Holders Initiative, Initiative for Public Safety, Security and Educational Development in Nigeria, Public Enlightenment Projects (PEP), African Centre for Entrepreneurship and Information Development, and the Centre Against Injustice and Domestic Violence.

Others are World Impact Development Foundation, Ace & Vanguard Legal Practitioners, Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication, The Difference Newspapers, Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights, Nde Oduko Foundation, RULAAC, Human Rights Social Development and Environmental Foundation and the Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption.

The organisations said, “We are more urgently concerned by the Inspector General of Police’s directive to police officers to enforce the President’s unconstitutional shoot at sight order and his further explicit directive that they should go after IPOB members and kill them. He also expressly asked them to ignore the rules of engagement- including observing the principle of proportionality in the use of force and firearms, with assurances that nothing will happen to them if they abuse human rights.

“Following the said IGP’s reckless, unprofessional and dangerous directive, the police in Imo State have gone all out on indiscriminate mass raids, arresting, parading and killing people labelling them IPOB without evidence. We have received disturbing reports about the invasion of markets and other public places by police officers who engage in sporadic shooting and indiscriminate arrest of young men, some of whom are stabbed with daggers and taken away in police vehicles undisclosed destinations.

“Raids and indiscriminate mass arrests of no less than 107 persons from various locations in Owerri have also been reported and kangaroo mass trials conducted in a police car park and other locations outside the courtroom based on frivolous charges and remanded in prison thereby complicating the problem of prison congestion.”

The civil societies added that the Nigeria Police has a Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement but the IGP discarded them and directed police officers to act in blatant violation of those.

They said, “Based on the Acting IGP’s reckless and dangerous utterances and directives to police officers to disregard the Code of conduct and rules of engagement, we hereby convey our opposition to his confirmation as substantive IGP. We call on the Police Council and the Senate to, in the public interest, muster the courage to decline confirmation of Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, as substantive IGP.

“He is unfit and unsuitable to be appointed to head a country’s lead security agency. He is indeed a threat to public safety and security. We call for an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of no less than 107 residents of Owerri Imo State who were also alleged to be IPOB members and arraigned on the preposterous allegation of attempts to overthrow President Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodinma.

“We also call for investigations into all other killings in Imo State by both the military and police and an end to predatory policing tactics.” (Sahara Reporters)

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Kill Them All, Don’t Wait For An Order, Don’t Mind Media Report On Human Rights — IGP Usman Tells Police

Acting IGP, Alkali Baba Usman

The acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, on Tuesday declared war on Biafra agitators and gunmen attacking and destroying police infrastructure in the South-East and South-South regions and ordered their extermination.

Baba, who spoke on the sideline while addressing the Police Mobile Force and Special Tactical Squad of the Force in Enugu shortly after he launched Operation Restore Peace, directed policemen in the region not to adhere to the rules of engagement while dealing with Biafra secessionist groups, adding that his job was to protect them.

“Don’t mind the media shout; do the job I command you. If anyone accuses you of human rights violation, the report will come to my table and you know what I will do. So, take the battle to them wherever they are and kill them all. Don’t wait for an order.

“What another order are you waiting for when Mr. President had ordered you to shoot anybody carrying AK-47 rifle? Quote me, even a dead policeman can be tried and dismissed from the force and his family will not get his benefits.

“So, don’t seat and wait for them to come; take attack to them and don’t lose your arms to criminals,” the acting IGP said.

In an address earlier, before declaring open the operation codenamed, Operation RT – Restore Peace, which was witnessed by governors of the South-East states and heads of other security agencies, Usman stated that the operation was for the stabilisation of the security order in the geopolitical zone.

He maintained that “the time is now. Today’s launch of Operation RP by the Nigeria Police follows the directives of Mr. President to the Nigeria Police to re-evaluate and emplace new operational strategies to stem the tide of violence and secessionist agenda not only in the South-East but across the country.”

Baba added, “Indeed, the resort to terror tactics, disregard to constitutional processes and disrespect for democratic standards to advance their interests of creating an ungovernable space in the region informed the decision of the Federal Government to outlaw IPOB.”

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had earlier in his address, pledged the support of the South-East governors to restore peace in the zone.

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SHOCKING: 332 AK47 Armed Fulani Camps In South East, Ex-Police Chief Reveals Their Next Move, Locations|RN

DIG, Ozo Celestine Okoye

■ Reveals their locations and their next move

As the country’s insecurity challenges deepen, a former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ozo Celestine Okoye, yesterday raised fresh alarm over the presence of heavily armed Fulani herdsmen with AK- 47 rifles, occupying a total of 332 Fulani settlements across the five states in the South Eastern zone with the intention of attacking the region in the foreseeable future. According to Okoye, in an exclusively interview with Saturday Telegraph, the Fulani herdsmen in the South East are more located in Ebony, Anambra, Enugu and Abia states while trying to make inroad into Imo State.

“I wonder what our governors are doing about the heavy presence of heavily armed Fulani herdsmen in Igboland and I am worried because I am an Igbo man from Awka, Anambra State. “Why are they pretending about it even when they know? In Imo State they have taken over Okigwe town and some parts of Abia State close to Imo State and they are heavily armed.

“Ebony State has the largest number of Fulani settlements in the South East and their presence is dangerous to the people of the area.

“If you go to Amansea border towns of Anambra State and Isiagu town in Anambra State they are building permanent settlements that, is houses, claiming that they bought the land from the owners and one wonders what would happen when they launch the planned attack.”

Okoye further said that the Fulani settlements are at the border towns of the five South East states, an indication that Igbo land is under siege by the strangers. “As a security operative when such elements are setting at the border towns, it means that the owners of the land are not safe and that means that when they launch their attacks you have nowhere to run to because you are under siege and there is nothing you can do about it,” he stated.

He further said that the governors of the South East should be proactive in the area of security, adding that with such a development, Ndigbo is as good as conquered by the Fulani herdsmen.

“No matter how we see it we have an impending crisis in our hands capable of making the South East ungovernable and it is high time our governors woke up to the looming security crisis in the South East and nip it in the bud,” warned the former DIG.

Okoye contended that the claims by security operatives that they are on top of the situation is merely lips service aimed at calming down the panic even as he insisted that if nothing is done, Ndigbo would be found wanting. “Our vigilante groups and traditional rulers should be vigilant and ready for any eventuality and our governors should assist them before we would be caught napping with nowhere to run to and nothing to do to save our people,” he said.

When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed to our reporter that the command is on top of any attempt to disturb the peace in the area, adding that rumours mongers are out to create unnecessary tension in the state.

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Buhari’s Government Best For South East —Ohanaeze Chieftains | The Republican News

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has once more enjoined Ndigbo to embrace the governement of President Muhammadu Buhari as it is a sure bet for their national integration as a people.

He made this call when a high powered delegation of chieftains of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide paid him a visit at the State House Abuja yesterday.

In a Statement by Adesina,  the SA to the President said “they came to laud President Muhammadu Buhari for the good work he’s doing in the South East.”

“It was my pleasure to receive Barrister Basil Onuoha, Amb Obizoba Chiemelu, and Barrister Chimzobam Nnalue, who were unanimous that the South East never had it so good as under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, pointing to roads, bridges, and many other infrastructure works.”

The leader of the delegation, Barr. Basil Onuoha said that the president should continue to consider Igbos in his developmental initiatives.

“We identify with this government, as it is very fair to Igbos,” he submitted.

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Nnamdi Kanu Gives South East Governors 14 Days To Ban Open Grazing In The Region |The Republican News

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of theIndigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has given South-East Governors a 14-day ultimatum to ban all forms of open grazing in the region in compliance with the 1969 statutory law of Nigeria.

The IPOB leader gave the ultimatum while commending governors of the South-West who recently announced a ban on open grazing in their states as part of measures to stop the incessant clash between Farmers and herdsmen.

In a statement released by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, Kanu warned that the group’s security outfit would commence enforcement of the anti-grazing Law across the entire region if no action was taken at the expiration of the ultimatum.

“We wish to humbly and most submissively call upon all the governors of the East, to as a matter of urgency, ban all manner of open grazing in the region in compliance with the 1969 statutory law of Nigeria that banned such provocative and primitive practice by Fulani herdsmen.

“The bold step taken by Yoruba governors in banning open grazing in their region is commendable and as such MUST be reciprocated and consolidated by a similar pronouncement in the East.

“If after 14 days there is no firm and decisive action by Eastern governors to ban open grazing in our land, ESN will step into the breach to commence the enforcement of this 1969 Anti-Grazing Law across the entire region. Don’t say you were not informed or given prior warning.”

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