A faction of Amnesty International in Nigeria has demanded a thorough investigation of the unjustified killings of members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB on 30th May 2016.
The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, in a recent statement, has urged authorities to investigate the May 2016 killings of Biafra day protesters, victims of the bloody killing in Nkpor, Anambra state.
Over 60 protesters were killed and at least 100 were injured by Nigerian security forces.
Ojigho stressed that such pogrom still awaits justice after four years.
This is coming as the people of the eastern region remember their fallen heroes and heroines, as they mark 50 years anniversary since the end of the Biafra/Nigeria civil war.
The statement reads in parts;
“Despite overwhelming evidence that members of the Nigerian security forces fired live ammunition to disperse pro-Biafra gatherings, resulting in the death of at least 150 people, no person suspected of criminal responsibility has been brought to justice,” The Nigerian military promised to investigate the killings but is as yet to release a report of a commission of inquiry is set up in 2017.
Families and relatives of the victims of the 2016 massacre have been waiting and again ask the Nigerian government to ensure that those suspected of criminal responsibility of the killings are brought to trial and that the victims and their families receive reparations, including adequate compensation.
“The tragedy of the Nkpor killing is compounded by the shocking fact that no one suspected to be responsible for the bloodshed has yet been held accountable. If the Nigerian government wants to demonstrate that it is committed to truth and human rights, it needs to ensure that the wheels of justice start turning far faster than they have done over the past four years.” He said.
“This 30th of May 2020, our people remembered those who fought for us to live accordingly and we are on the know that their spirit and memories shall continue to abide with us until Biafra freedom is completely achieved.
“IPOB is working the clock round both local and internationally to ensure that those illegally arrested by Fulani terrorists in Nigeria army and police uniforms at Eleme during their candle procession are released without further delay. Our unity is key and strengthens to achieve our freedom. Therefore, every Biafran must be prepared to welcome the sovereignty and independence of Biafra in no distance future.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News