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Monday, 14 May 2018

#BiafraFallenHeroes: Tribute To The Victims Of Nkpor Massacre


Princewill Akubumma || For Biafra Writers

May 14, 2018

30th May of every year in Biafra land is remarkably special and  memorial day held in high esteem by Biafrans and freedom seekers both at home and in the diaspora to commemorate and remember the fallen heroes and heroines of the brutal genocidal war of 1967 to 1970 and the subsequent killings of Biafra agitators by the Nigerian government.

Among all the May 30 heroes’ day anniversaries ever held in Biafra land, the commemoration of our fallen heroes on May 30, 2016 still remains so spectacular in the hearts of all Biafrans as a result of the bloodletting and brutal killings of unarmed inncocent Biafran youths who assembled at Eke-Nkpor, Ontisha province of Biafra land to remember and pay tribute to their dead heroes.

THE STORY
It all began on Sunday, May 29, 2016 as Biafran youths from every regions in Biafra land began to converge in droves to Nkpor town which was the designated venue for the epoch event for that year. Many who travelled down from other regions were lodged in the houses of friends and families in Nkpor and environs, while numerous others sought shelter at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Nkpor which was seemingly very close to Nkpor-Junction where the event will take place the next morning to only pass the night there. Some others also passed the night at St. Francis’s Catholic Church premises at Umusiome village close to Alo Aluminium factory in Nkpor.

At the early hours of the morning, at exactly 4:30 am on Monday, May 30, 2016, the combined forces of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Police invaded St. Edmund’s Catholic Church carried out an attack against innocent men and women, shooting sporadically and killing many at the spot. Those who survived managed to escape but not without sustaining several degrees of injuries emanating from the lethal bullet. The second troops made their way to St. Francis’ Catholic Church to also attack the Biafran youths there but fortunately enough, they escaped into bushes and trenches where they stayed till morning, having received a red alert that about the gruesome attack going on.

Around 8:00am that same Monday morning, many Biafran youths who survived the night shootings started heading towards Nkpor-Junction which was the observation ground. On getting towards Aloe-Aluminium factory much closer to inland doors, the murderous Nigerian soldiers again intercepted and started shooting sporadically at them, killing many at the spot while many others sustained bullet wounds which forced the survivors to retreat towards Eke-Nkpor in order to observe the event. This proved how resolute they were to observe the Remembrance Day.

At around 11:30am, all came crashing down as more Hilux vehicles of the rampaging Nigerian soldiers proceeded to Eke-Nkpor where our youths were now gathered and was singing songs of freedom.

To my utmost surprise, I spotted a witch doctor in one of the military vans doing some incantations. It was there and then that I decided that something fishy was about to happen, then I took cover at a vintage point but unfortunately, I only had my little Java mobile device with me which cannot pick good images from far distance. I cursed, but still holding on there.

Suddenly, the soldiers knelt down positioned themselves as though they were in battlefield against armed enemies and started shooting at the unarmed youths with different kinds of sophisticated guns, every officer trying to test his guns at random. I was so shocked to see my fellow youths falling like trees being felled by cutting machines!

They kept on pursuing the unarmed youths, shooting and killing them as they progressed. They were so brutal and merciless even at those whom had been disjointed by the bullets and could no longer run or make some movements.

"What a barbaric act, what a wicked and devilish murder, I was saying amid tears" In my shock and utter bewilderment my hands were shivering that they couldn't hold onto my mobile phone anymore and it fell to the ground.

After the killings, the soldiers began to pack the corpses of those youths into their Hilux vehicles in order to conceal their atrocities, packing them as one would pack sardines, leaving only the traces of pool of blood and some pieces of human flesh and human brains; a sight you would begin to throw up after viewing!

I summoned courage to come down and joined with some survivors of that genocide to help those wounded and those that fell into trenches and nearby bushes. We became emergency doctors and nurses. I smelled blood, I touched blood and bared bones while trying to help in resuscitating the wounded victims. We administered the little first aid we could offer, we helped to direct some to nearby clinics where the murderous soldiers later at the afternoon stormed and forcefully took them away in an unknown destination, perhaps to finish them off as well. This is the kind of massacre and evil committed by Nigerian government against unarmed civilians of Biafra extraction.

THE TRIBUTE
On May 30, 2018, we who are alive shall remember you all by sitting at home and keep praying for your souls. We shall never forget the sacrifices you made in the course of our freedom; you laid down your lives that we might continue to move ahead until victory for Biafrans is achieved.
We Will Never Forget.

To those of you who traveled down to Nkpor from Rivers State only to die that we might live and continue to hold onto that which we believed in, which is nothing but FREEDOM for our generation unborn,..
We Shall Never Forget.

To those of you who came down from Aba, Enyimba city and was killed inside the Church building of St. Edmunds’ Catholic Church Nkpor on that fateful morning of May 30th 2016
We Shall Never Forget.

To those comrades who decided against all odds to keep marching down the roads to Eke-Nkpor in order to observe the event to which you came for, even after your fellow comrades has died by the bullets of the enemy along Alo-Aluminium factory Nkpor instead of turning back and escaping for your lives but chose to hold on resolutely until death
We Shall Never Forget.

To those Comrades who after receiving many bullets from the gun barrels of the murderous Nigerian Army were still found alive and breathing in the trenches and bushes trying to survive in order to continue with the memorial day cerebration but couldn’t make it afterwards due to excessive loss of blood
We Shall Never Forget.

To Comrade Chidiebere Okoroafor (Survived) who was shot by the Army while trying to carry a fellow comrade who was about bleeding to death; I remembered how your white T-shirt was turned red by the blood of that comrade you carried on your shoulder before you received a bullet from the deadly gun barrel murderous Nigerian Army, yet you held on until you put down the corpse of a brother into the tricycle that was standing by without the knowledge that he has been killed by the bullets of the enemy.

We Shall Never Forget

We the living shall always remember you all.
We shall keep on #HoldinOnTillTheEnd, until the Republic of Biafra is declared

All hail Biafran heroes and heroines.
All hail our heroes past!

The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah

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