|BIAFRANS KILLED BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY|
The Nigerian Army says it has commenced investigation into the killing of unarmed Biafrans who gathered for prayers in Aba in February. This followed the strong condemnation given, for the Army’s excessive use of force on peaceful unarmed civilians by Amnesty International. Amnesty International had condemned the frequent gruesome approach employed by Nigerian armed forces towards addressing civil matters. The Nigerian armed forces are known to frequently apply excessive force towards unarmed civilians by firing live ammunitions at them and killing many in the process, for which they often deny.
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Amnesty International accused the Nigerian armed forces of using excessive force, particularly against peaceful pro-Biafra protesters. Biafrans who gathered at the National High School in Aba, Abia state on the 9th of February 2016, were invaded by the combined forces of the Police and the Army. The Army which arrived the area after the arrival of the police, entered the premises and opened fire on peaceful Biafrans who had been in the school premises for usual prayer sessions. The Army also took away 13 other people, whose dead bodies were later found in a pit along Aba-Port Harcourt Road. At first there was a huge attempt by the Army to cover up the incident, but the evidences were undeniable as the dreadful incident was aptly captured in video unknown to the perpetrators.
The Army recently announced that it has begun investigations into the incident, however, we’re aware that it is practically impossible for the army to deliver a sound investigation. The Nigerian Army, which happens to be the aggressor cannot be trusted to carry out an investigation that is free of bias, therefore, we’re calling on other independent bodies to carry out a non-partial investigation with respect to this matter. We are already aware of the cover-up attempts, by the Nigerian Army in order to distort the details of the incident, by claiming it only killed 10 Biafrans. The Army and the Police had made conflicting statements which goes to show that they cannot be trusted to provide a reliable report on the matter.
The Army had argued that, only 10 Biafrans were killed in the incident while the police reported, that they had picked up only 2 “dead unidentified” bodies from the venue of the incident, which goes to show that the 2 forces cannot be relied upon to deliver an accurate information. There are many pertinent questions here, for instance, if the police picked up 2 dead unidentified bodies, on their way out, why were they unidentified and what happened to them? Another is, if the police picked up only 2 “dead unidentified” bodies, what became of the other 8 people which the army admitted to have killed?
The fact remains that 22 peaceful unarmed Biafrans were gunned down in the school premises and over 30 people sustained life-threatening injuries but the army in its usual malevolent mischiefs attempted to cover up the incident and to distort the facts. They were firing ferociously at the harmless Biafrans and were dragging the helpless victims mercilessly into their vans. The widely circulated footage of the incident on the internet, provided an insight to the magnitude of the gruesomeness employed by the Nigerian Army in that very incident.
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As always, we have continued to call on the attention of the international community to the impunity inherent in the improvised union – Nigeria. We have tried as much as possible, to place the United Nations and the entire world on notice, to the evil that is going on in the contraption created by the British, which has turned out to be a night-mare to the Biafran people. We have also aired our concerns about the fact that the Nigerian Army cannot be relied upon, to conduct a free and fair investigation since it is the aggressor in this case. We have also made it clear that the Nigerian Army has variously made huge attempts to cover up the incident by trying to distort the facts.
We are therefore calling on the United Nations to give the situation in Biafra, a meticulous attention. We remind the United Nations, of the need to use its revered office to put an end to the ferocious acts of the Nigerian government and to prevent an impending catastrophe. We call on the United Nations and the international community to address the Biafran issue and to guarantee Biafra’s self-determination bid. The UN should endeavour to give Biafrans a sense of belonging and to prove to the Biafran people that the principles upon which it was formed is effectively with respect to all people of the world.
By KENECHUKWU HALLELUYAH OKEKENTA
PUBLISHED BY NWOSU C.S
On Behalf Of BIAFRA WRITERS