Saturday 08 October, 2016
On January 19th, 2013, the world was served a horrific photographic menu of scores of human bodies found floating Ezu River in Amansia community, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State. When the local folks discovered the floating corpses, they raised alarm, but frantic searches within and without revealed no one in the community was missing. Governor Peter Obi, cutting short his trip abroad, visited the scene of horror to bear witness to the tragedy. Days and weeks and months gone by, but nothing concrete was done in terms of diligent investigation to unearth the source of the decomposing dead bodies found in that river.
Since no one was declared missing in the neighbourhood or neighbouring villages and towns in Anambra and Enugu states, it follows logically, therefore, that the floating bodies must have been those of citizens killed, brought and thrown into the river at the wee hours of the night from elsewhere. So the question that follows is, who could have done this evil? These young men met their untimely death through 'firing squad' without trial or judgment.
The police in the right sense should be able to tell the world who killed these people, why and how the bodies made its way through every police check points down to the river; but we know that we would be waiting forever for such questions to receive truthful answers; considering that the police are also known for illegal and atrocious killings. In other words, the police are the chief culprits!
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Hundreds (if not thousands) had been executed by security forces especially in Biafra land without necessary questions being asked, nor answers provided. The police are known for exploiting the people's ignorance of their rights and intimidating them with guns. The government also is the focal point of attention in this case, because antecedents have shown that they always mystify law enforcement agents in Biafra land.
Accusations and counter-accusations were flying everywhere between the police and MASSOB on one hand and the government and human rights advocates on the other. The truth must be made to prevail in this sordid incident that calls for our collective indignation and solidarity with the dead.
Though a Senate committee visited the horrible site in an investigative effort, the Federal Government ought to have constituted a special investigation team to try to unravel the mystery surrounding the gory incident. Daily, Biafrans are being executed extra-judicially by the security forces without any proportionate penalty. The combined forces of corruption and leadership mediocrity have rendered living in Nigeria akin to living in hell! Life is therefore worth little or nothing in this part of the world. .
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Even if those young men (nearly hundred) murdered extra-judicially and denied decent burial and dumped like dogs without families in Ezu River were armed robbers, kidnappers or 'terrorists', could that possibly justify the abominable way they were treated? This is barbaric.
By reportedly ordering the mass-burial of the bodies floating the river even before any postmortem or autopsic examination could be conducted on them to identify who they were and how they were murdered, Governor Peter Obi, the then governor of Anambra State, acted in a haste that suggested a cover-up or outright connivance with the police to destroy evidence. By promising to reward any information volunteered by interested parties or members of the public with 5 million Naira without assuring people of protection, the Governor sought to trivialize a serious matter involving wasted young lives.
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CSP James Nwafor Oshim was the commanding officer of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Anambra State as at the time of this crime. Governor Peter Obi and some rich persons with questionable characters, used him to carry out heinous crimes against humanity. His administration in Anambra State was known for incessant arrests, long detentions without trial, indiscriminate pre-trial and custodial killings, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments including extortions, forced disappearances and trumped-up charges. CSP James Nwafor Oshim, the OC/SARS has been labeled by the mainstream human rights community within the State and beyond, a Chief Killer & Torturer in the Anambra Killing Fields.
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Now, the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano and those rich persons of questionable character have brought back James Nwafor Oshim in Anambra state. What else could have been the reason behind his comeback to Awkuzu SARS if not to hunt and massacre the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) agitating for self-determination? This man must be stopped by all means necessary and possible, he must be probed and brought to justice for the crimes he has committed against humanity.
The blood of those wasted souls dumped callously in Ezu River is crying for justice. They deserve justice, and justice they must get! Any attempt to continue to sweep their dehumanizing case under the carpet (like many unresolved murders across Biafra land) must be resisted and challenged.
We call for an impartial probe and demand for full disclosure and justice on their behalf. The senate should reopen that case by calling for the reports generated during investigation including the autopsy, and ensure that all the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice.
By Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Edited By Uche Nwosu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers