Ceaseless Killing Of Unarmed Citizens In Nigeria: Pictures & Video Clips Of How Nigerian Military Massacred 22 Unarmed IPOB Members & Dumped 13 Of Them In Aba Borrow Pit (2)
(Onitsha Nigeria, 19th of February 2016)-This is the second part (two) of the 10-page letter written to Minister of Interior, Retired Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau, PhD and Chief of Defence Staff, Major Gen Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, dated 16th of February 2016 by the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law and supported by the leaderships of Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs). The letter is titled: Ceaseless Killing Of Unarmed Citizens In Nigeria: Why Security Chiefs Must Desist From Provoking More Insurgencies Capable Of Plunging Nigeria Into Syrian Style Violence. The facts laden letter was copied to National Security Adviser, Retired Gen Babagana Mungono; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Mahmud Mohammed; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase; Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein; United Nations Chief Repertoire on Extra Judicial Killings, Prof Christof Heyns; European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Ms Federica Morgherini; Head/African Research Group & Deputy Head/Research Analyst, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Dr. Clare Thomas; Head, Political Section of the US Embassy in Nigeria; and Head, Political Section of the UK High Commission in Nigeria.
In the first part of the letter, circulated to the media two days ago, we had peripherally informed that the soldiers of the 144 Battalion in Ukwa West LGA of Abia State, joined by personnel of the Abia State Police Command and the Finance & Logistics Command of the Nigerian Navy in Owerre-Nta in Abia State had on 9th of February 2016 stormed the premises of the National High School in Aba and opened fire at members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who gathered in their hundreds for the purpose of holding prayer/meeting. The named security forces shot and killed 22 IPOB members and critically injured over 30. The IPOB members had gathered in the school on account of suggestion made to them by the same Abia State Police Command and other security heads during their previous meetings to “restrict their processions, rallies or protests to public places other than streets and roads so as not to attract the attention and violent reactions of the Federal Government”. The first part of the letter of ours under reference is contained in the following link: http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/206303/ceaseless-killing-of-unarmed-citizens-in-nigeria-why-securi.html
We also reported that among the 22 murdered citizens or IPOB members in the said Aba Prayer/Meeting of 9th of February 2016 were: Uche Friday (30yrs), from Asa in Abia State; Emeka Ekpemandu (35yrs), from Owerre Nkwoji in Imo State; Chiavoghi Chibuikem (Obingwa in Abia State); Nzubechi Onwumere (Orlu in Imo State); Peter Chinemerem Ukasoanya (27yrs), from Isialangwa North in Abia State, Chigozie Cyril Nwoye (23yrs), from Umuna in Ezeagu, Enugu State; Chukwudi Onyekwere (26yrs), from Aboh Mbaise in Imo State; and Chibuzor Maduagwu (28yrs), from Amauzari in Mbano, Imo State and that the remaining 8 dead bodies of murdered IPOB members and 5 critically injured others at the point of death were taken away by soldiers of 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army. The 144 Battalion is commanded by Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi. The Abia State Police Command had earlier admitted publicly of shooting and killing two IPOB members (“for disturbing students of the National High School in Aba”). The Command is presently and officially in possession of the two dead IPOB members it shot and killed.
Massacre Of 22 Citizens & Dumping Of 13 Bodies In Borrow Pit: It is our information to Minister of Interior, Retired Gen Bello Abdulrahman Dambazzau, PhD, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, members of the international community, international rights and media community and all Nigerians that the combined team of soldiers of the 144 Battalion located in Asa, Ukwa Ngwa West LGA of Abia State under the command of Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi and the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, Abia State Command, headed by CP Habila Hosea (08037025670); aided by Aba Area Commander, ACP Peter Nwagbara (08184087787) and joined by personnel of the Nigerian Navy Command (Finance & Logistics Command), Owerre-Nta in Abia State had on 9th of February 2016, shot and killed 22 unarmed, innocent and non violent members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at the National High School along Port Harcourt Road in Aba, Abia State. The security forces had stormed the School on the said date in over ten hilux vans at about 12:noon.
Over 30 other members of the IPOB were also shot and critically injured at the scene. Out of the 22 murdered citizens, eight were identified after the shooting and killing spree by other members of the IPOB and sympathizers; some of them died on their way to hospital following excess bleeding and excruciating pains. Two of the 22 murdered IPOB members were taken away by the Abia State Police Command and the remaining 8; alongside 5 critically injured others were packed in two military trucks and taken away by soldiers.
The IPOB members numbering hundreds had converged peacefully and nonviolently at the National High School for their prayers and meeting. About 30 minutes into their prayer procession in the School’s premises, soldiers of the 144 Battalion, numbering over fifteen; joined by Police and Navy personnel surrounded and barricaded the IPOB members and cordoned off the area. Minutes after, the soldiers opened fire at the IPOB members while Police and Navy personnel joined them by shooting harmful chemical substances at them. Coordinators of the IPOB were before the shooting, fished out and taken away; likewise some married women. Among those earlier arrested and taken away are Abia State IPOB Coordinator, Ikechukwu Ugwuoha, Imo State Coordinator, Amos Ezekiel, Abia State Welfare Officer of IPOB, Okechukwu Nnebedum Nkume, Abia State Zonal Coordinator, Donatus Okeke and one of the principal officers of the group in Rivers State, Joseph Okolie.
Dumping Of 13 Murdered IPOB Members In Borrow Pit: On Saturday, 13th of February 2016, some scavengers reported to one of the Aba units coordinators of IPOB that they saw some dead bodies in a borrow pit located along Aba Port Harcourt Road. The Borrow Pit was recently converted to a refuse dump by the Government of Abia State. On receiving the report on Saturday morning, the IPOB members moved to the area where they saw 13 dead bodies battered and shrank with decimating chemical substances. The 13 murdered citizens must have included those taken away alive by soldiers who were battered with gunshots. They were laid face down with their eyes tied and covered. Eight of them were dumped together, while another three were dumped separately; likewise the remaining two.
Shockingly, eight of the gruesomely murdered corpses have their hands tied individually behind their backs with Biafran flags. The “Biafran flags” used in tying them were carefully cut into lengths and ropes made out of them and were used in tying them separately. The flags were parts of items and personal belongings seized and taken away by soldiers at the scene of the bloody shooting on 9th of February 2016 at the National High School in Aba. All the 13 murdered and dumped IPOB members have their hands tied behind their backs and their bodies lacerated with gunshot holes. The chemical substances poured on them shrank and made them look old and taller than their normal heights; all for the purposes of erasing traces and defying easy facial and bodily identifications. Some pathologists and cottage medical experts contacted by Intersociety disclosed that the chemical substances used by killer soldiers of 144 Battalion must have contained a mixture of raw acid and embalmment chemical substances for the purpose of making the corpses shrink, old and odorless.
Clothes worn by some of the murdered and dumped victims are still new and easily identifiable. The leadership of this organization (Intersociety) visited the site on Sunday, 14th of February 2016 and saw the gruesomely murdered corpses. The research team of Amnesty International, UK was also on the site on Thursday, 18th of February 2016. The 144 Battalion’s military barracks is located about 10 kilometers away from the Borrow Pit. The murdered citizens must have been dumped in the Pit by the soldiers in the hours of the blue law or aftermidnight of 9th of February 2016. They were also dumped at a distance away from the refuse site. In the 18th and 29th of January 2015 IPOB peaceful protests in Aba, soldiers also shot dead scores of protesters and took their corpses away. An under-cover video coverage of “the National High School Aba Army Massacre” of 9th of February 2016 extensively exposed how soldiers of the 144 Battalion stormed the premises with Police and Navy personnel, cordoned off and surrendered the IPOB members; opened fire on them, killed 22 and critically injured over 30 and made away with the bodies of those killed as well as those critically injured and married women.
Attached here are: shortened video clips of the Aba massacre of 9th of February 2016 (full video is available on request); pictures of two murdered and three critically injured IPOB members; and pictures of 13 murdered IPOB members dumped inside the Aba-Port Harcourt Road Borrow Pit).
We call on Nigerians and members of the international community including international media and human rights groups to read and view the attached materials and text of our publication and compare themwith the recent statement of the Nigerian Army through the Commanding Officer of the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia in Abia State, Brigadier Gen Lawrence Fajoku, to the effect that “We did our investigations and we can assure you that the military did not hack down members of MASSOB and IPOB” (on 9th of February 2016). The Commanding Officer’s statement is contained in the following link: Biafra: Army relocates tactical headquarters to Aba News - News Express Nigeria http://newsexpressngr.com/news/detail.php?news=20375
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Onitsha, Southeast Nigeria)
Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc., Criminology & Security Studies; M.Sc. (Candidate), Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution
Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq., LLB, BL; LLM (Candidate)
Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
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