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Monday 30 April 2018

IPOB-Trump Rally: Trauma grips detained IPOB activists languishing in jail over a year as Buhari meets Trump today

...Feelings of betrayal, abandonment and 
suffering trail plights of detainees who celebrated Trump's electoral victory

By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu || Reporting For Biafra Writers.

The emotional trauma that enveloped some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), who visited their detained brothers remanded in Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison by Nigerian security operatives, following the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, for celebrating the presidential victory of Donald J. Trump, can never be wished away by mere utterances.

This sombre situation erupted right after the news of Buhari's visit to the White House in Washington broke out. There were impressions of dissatisfaction and betrayal on the faces of the detainees over the ensuing handshake of president Donald J. Trump with his Nigerian counterpart who has done virtually everything to deny them their inalienable right to self-determination. Tears rolled down in bewilderment.

Lots of questions were directed to President Trump by the wounded detained IPOB members over the psych or the moral justification in seeing Muhammadu Buhari when there are innocent people still locked up in Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison for over a year simply because they came out on the streets to celebrate his victory. How come the man responsible for their illegal detention is being welcomed to the White House as if nothing happened? Does it mean that President Trump is playing down on the 20th of January 2017 massacre in Port Harcourt?

The pro-Biafra detainees, Mazi Ikenna Igwe from Amekaikwo Village in Ikwo Local government area of Ebonyi State, Uchenna Innocent from Awo Mberi Village in Mbaitolu Local government area of Imo State, Bright Sunday Okoro from Eze Kporoke village in Onicha Local government area of Ebonyi State and Chidinma Godwin Nwafor from Okposi Village in Ohazara L.G.A of Ebonyi State, are suffering for celebrating Trump's victory amongst countless others who lost their lives on that fateful day by the Nigerian military forces.

They were first arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS,  20th of January last year and were kept incommunicado, before transferring them to Rivers State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

The Biafra activists were first arraigned at Magistrate Court on the 26th of January 2017, but the court denied the jurisdiction to grant them bail, hence remanded them in prison custody upon which a bail application was later filed in Rivers State High Court, by IPOB legal team.

But the State commissioner of police took a matter already ongoing at the State judiciary court to the Federal High Court, which amounts to an unconscionable breach of law. Till date, they are still remanded in prison.

It is so evil of the American government to be looking the other way while evil goes on and on without the perpetrators been keelhauled. Power is supposed to be used not preferentially but judiciously and in favour of the innocent citizens and not otherwise. Doing the needful and the appropriate move is required for posterity sake because the future they say, is pregnant. The people of Biafra demands justice. Give them justice if they are right and and deny them justice if they are wrong.

Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
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