Hours After Military Declares IPOB A Terrorist Group, Amnesty International Goes Tough On Nigeria, Declares IPOB The Most Peaceful Group Worldwide

Hours After Military Declares IPOB A Terrorist Group, Amnesty International Goes Tough On Nigeria, Declares IPOB The Most Peaceful Group Worldwide

The indigenous people of Biafra have just recorded a major boost, as their cries for world attention has been heard, with Amnesty international just responding to the killings in the south east.

Amnesty International (AI) made it known to the public that it is investigating the clash between the Nigerian Army and the members of the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Umuahia, Abia state.

This was made known in a statement on Friday by its Director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said it was deeply concerned with the reports of cases of violence and illegal loss of lives following the clashes, cautioning the Nigerian army on the use of force on what it called armless civilians.

Osai Ojigho said:

“We are deeply concerned by reports of violence and alleged loss of lives across Nigeria following clashes between the Nigerian military and supporters of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Umuahia, Abia state.Amnesty International (AI) has said that it is investigating the clash between the Nigerian Army and the members of the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Umuahia, Abia state.

“We are calling on the authorities to ensure the security forces prioritize the protection of people and avoid excessive force.

“We are investigating all allegations of human rights violations and urge the authorities to investigate and quickly bring those suspected of unlawful killings and other serious violations to justice,” Ojigho said.

Amnesty International recalled that in November 2016, it “published details of an investigation discovering mass extrajudicial executions and other serious violations by the Nigerian security forces during peaceful demonstrations by Biafran activists and other gatherings”.

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IPOB/army clash: Amnesty International cautions military, says investigating abuses

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By Anthony Ogbonna
15th September 2017

Amnesty International (AI) has said that it is investigating the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Umuahia, Abia state from last week’s Sunday.

The organization, in a statement signed by its Director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said it is deeply concerned with the reports of cases of violence and illegal loss of lives following the clashes, cautioning the Nigerian army on the use of force on what it called armless civilians.

Amnesty International said in November 2016, it “published details of an investigation discovering mass extrajudicial executions and other serious violations”  by the Nigerian security forces during peaceful demonstrations by Biafran activists and other gatherings.

It said IPOB emerged in 2012 and campaigned for an Independent Biafran state almost 50 years ago and continuing, with an attempt to establish a Biafran state that, however, led to a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It therefore said, with the recent reports of rights abuses in Abia, it is calling for the prioritization of the protection of the lives of the people by the Nigerian government.

It also said the Nigerian authorities should rein in on the security forces and ensure accountability after reports of violence. “We are deeply concerned by reports of violence and alleged loss of lives across Nigeria following clashes between the Nigerian military and supporters of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Umuahia, Abia state.

“We are calling on the authorities to ensure the security forces prioritize the protection of people and avoid excessive force. We are investigating all allegations of human rights violations and urge the authorities to investigate and quickly bring those suspected of unlawful killings and other serious violations to justice,” Ojigho said.

Read more at:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/ipobarmy-clash-amnesty-international-cautions-military-says-investigating-abuses/

 

 

 

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