Biafra: Video Proof Confirms Killing of 150 Pro-Biafra Protesters – Amnesty Int’l

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Biafra: Video Proof Confirms Killing of 150 Pro-Biafra Protesters - A.I

This deadly repression of pro-Biafra activists is further stoking tensions in the south east of Nigeria. This reckless and trigger-happy approach to crowd control has caused at least 150 deaths and we fear the actual total might be far higher. – Makmid Kamara, Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.

Amnesty International on its website yesterday said “The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country.”

According to Amnesty International, they came to this irrefutable conclusion after reviewing 87 videos, 122 pictures and conducting 193 interviews. These evidences show that the security forces led by the military fired live ammunitions into protesting crowds. They also provide evidence of mass extrajudicial executions.

Speaking on the matter, Makmid Kamara, Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria said ”

This deadly repression of pro-Biafra activists is further stoking tensions in the south east of Nigeria. This reckless and trigger-happy approach to crowd control has caused at least 150 deaths and we fear the actual total might be far higher.

“The Nigerian government’s decision to send in the military to respond to pro-Biafra events seems to be in large part to blame for this excessive bloodshed. The authorities must immediately launch an impartial investigation and bring the perpetrators to book.”

AI reports that Biafra Remembrance Day of 30 May 2016 was the day the largest number of pro-Biafra activists were killed.  On this day,  about 1,000 IPOB members and supporters gathered for a rally in Onitsha, Anambra State. According to the report, security forces raided homes and a church where IPOB members were suspected to be sleeping the night before the rally.

On Remembrance Day proper, people were shot in several locations by security forces. According to A.I, the actual number of extrajudicial executions has not been verified. They can however estimate that within these two days, a minimum of 60 people were killed and about 70 injured. They however noted that the real number is likely higher.

Amnesty International recorded personal experiences. In one case, a 26-year-old trader, reported that he hid in a gutter after he was shot on Remembrance Day in Nkpor. According to him, When soldiers found him they poured acid on him.

He said “I covered my face. I would have been blind by now. He poured acid on my hands. My hands and body started burning. The flesh was burning… They dragged me out of the gutter. They said I’ll die slowly.”

Mr Kamara said “It is chilling to see how these soldiers gunned down peaceful IPOB members. The video evidence shows that this was a military operation with intent to kill and injure.”

According to him, they had informed the Nigerian government of these occurrence but have gotten nothing but promises to look into the issue from them.

He said “Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the government of Nigeria to initiate independent investigations into evidence of crimes under international law, and President Buhari has repeatedly promised that Amnesty International’s reports would be looked into. However, no concrete steps have been taken.”

A.I has said that the Nigerian military has continued to “commit human rights violations and grave crimes with impunity.”

Source: Amnesty International

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