Nigerian Army urges Igbos to set up inquiry over alleged Biafra killings

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The Nigerian Army has urged relevant authorities in the south-eastern part of the country to set up an inquiry to investigate allegations of killing of Igbo youth by soldiers.

In a statement on Saturday, the army top hierarchy denied claims that its officers were responsible for the deaths of over 2,000 youth in the south-east.

The army described the allegation as “unjustified, invidious, and over flogged.”

“For emphasis and clarity, the Nigerian Army as an accountable, morally and professionally sound organization had variously through its Human Rights Desk at the Army Headquarters, painstakingly investigated allegations of rights violations and the results indicated specifically that this claim is false, malicious and should therefore be ignored for the sake of Nigeria,” said Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations.

The Campaign for Democracy, a civil society group, on January 4 issued a statement accusing the Nigerian Army of human rights abuses of un-armed pro-Biafra activists.

“It is on record that two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership has witnessed the highest number of killings of innocent Nigerians than the previous 17 years of uninterrupted democracy and past military administrations put together,” said Dede Uzor, the group’s national spokesperson.

It was not the first time the CD would accuse the army of extra-judicial killings.

In July last year, the group had alleged that federal forces were responsible for the deaths of about 6,000 Igbo youth as well as over 800 detained in various prisons without trial.

In addition to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra; Chidiebere Onwudiwe, IPOB’s national coordinator, Benjamin Onwuka, leader of Biafra Zionists Movement, and hundreds of others are still languishing in Nigerian jails, according to the group.

While denying all the claims, the Nigerian army also absolved its officers from an Amnesty International report indicting Nigerian Security Forces in the “killing of No Fewer Than 150 Peaceful Pro Biafra Protesters” in the South Eastern part of Nigeria with different captions in the media.

“These story lines are referring to the encounter between the Nigerian Army and MASSOB/IPOB protesters between August 2015 and August 2016,” Mr. Musa, a colonel, said.

“All these have been severally thoroughly refuted in many media platforms by the Nigerian Army and it is the same position that this rejoinder has soundly adopted.”

Mr. Musa said the Nigerian Army under its constitutional authorization to aid Civil Authority and Military Aid to Civil Power would continue to act in the best interest of the nation (in collaboration with other security agencies) to de-escalate violence and checkmate security threats across the nation.

“This task must be done, despite the sordid propaganda and possible politicization of the issue by ill meaning Nigerians,” he said.

“Finally, looking at the recurrent posture of this allegation, the 82 Division Nigerian Army wishes to state that relevant authority/ies in the South East are at liberty to set up an inquiry into this accusation with the view to getting to the roots and end of this obnoxious and unfounded claim.”


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  • Paul Irumundomon

    What will it archieve

  • Taster

    That shows your iq at per with a fly.

    You should be ashamed that the nigerian army that should be above board in discharging their duty – should be shooting people dead in a church, killing people on the streets for jubilating the purported court ruling on Maazi Nnamdi Kanu etc.

    Sorry, with your types populating this space called nigeria – oooh, R.I.P.

  • Excisionist

    SPECIAL REPORT: How the Onitsha massacre of pro-Biafra supporters was coordinated — SSS operative

    – Wednesday June 1, about 8.30pm, soldiers guarding his cell crudely announced to the detainees: “We don give your brothers mass burial today and if you people mess up, you will join them and nothing will happen.”

    The commanding Officer (CO ) responsible for this atrocity, Col. Issah M. Abdullahi deserves to be punished.
    He should be punished by either
    a. the Nigerian Army or
    b. The NASS or
    c. Buhari’s government or
    d. the ICC or

    e. the Freedom fighters of the south East and South South.
    Since it is unlikely that a-d will happen, the freedom fighters should track his movement and those of his immediate and extended family and make him regret his action. Col. Issah M. Abdullahi should be captured alive and given his kind of “morning tea”.It may take one week, one year or ten years but he and his relatives must pay for this horrible action The same thing should happen to the commander of the Nigerian Navy around Onitsha area

    The actions of soldiers depend on the quality of their commanding officer. Soldiers who kill civilians and gloat about it show how morally deprived their commanding officer is. They can be forgiven but not that officer. By not punishing him, Buhari is taking instability in Nigeria to another level

  • Decimator

    While denying all the claims, the Nigerian army also absolved its officers from an Amnesty International report indicting Nigerian

    Security Forces in the “killing of No Fewer Than 150 Peaceful Pro Biafra Protesters” in the South Eastern part of Nigeria with different
    captions in the media.

    “These story lines are referring to the encounter between the Nigerian Army and MASSOB/IPOB protesters between August 2015 and August
    2016,” Mr. Musa, a colonel, said.

    “All these have been severally thoroughly refuted in many media platforms by the Nigerian Army and it is the same position that this rejoinder has soundly adopted.” PT

    Excuse me; A should be professional and apolitical military force of a supposed Nation is in the media refuting claims of genocide against them and asking the south east to investigate the claims. What a group of confused and uncoordinated security apparatus.

    With such a serious accusation of genocide leveled against an Army of a country who claims to be professional in their actions and engagement, the minimum reaction one should expect from them and their commanders is a legal action against Amnesty international and CD for defamation to uphold their professional conduct.

    Failure to do so till date is tantamount to owning up to all the claims leveled against them. They might as well save their energy and stop refuting any claims against them in the media by any group. Sorry

  • Taster

    You’ve got lump of charcoal for brain.
    Get lost with your blank logic.