- IPOB spokesmen Emma Nmezu, and Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya say it has become customary for the army to kill IPOB members and deny it
- The pro-Biafra group has vowed to expose the Army’s secret in the alleged killing of its members at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
- According to IPOB, it has video and photo evidence to prove that the Army indeed killed its members during a peaceful rally and not a protest
Secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the Nigerian Army of lying about the alleged killing of its members.
Vanguard reports that following the Army’s denial of the alleged killing of 11 IPOB members during its rally in support of US President Donald Trump on Friday, January 20, the pro-Biafra group has vowed to expose the Army’s secret at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
IPOB spokesmen Emma Nmezu, and Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, who signed a statement released by IPOB, said it has become customary for the army to kill IPOB members and deny it.
They said: “This is not the first, neither is it going to be the last time that the Nigerian Army will kill our members and shamelessly come out to deny it.”
IPOB’s reaction follows a statement by the deputy director of Army public relations of 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, denying killing of IPOB members and labelling the group as a “criminal gang.”
The IPOB statement read: “International human rights groups have consistently labelled the Nigerian Army as perennial liars incapable of ever telling the truth when it comes to their culpability in the mass execution of unarmed civilians.
“IPOB and those who read the haphazardly written statements from Col. Aminu Iliyasu are left wondering how on the one hand he stated that IPOB conducted a rally in support of President Trump while on the other hand, he called it a protest.
“IPOB will like to remind this quota-system Colonel that the General Abdulsalami Abubakar-written Nigerian Constitution which he referred to is very explicit on the responsibilities of the Nigerian Armed Forces (not just the Army alone), especially in Section-217(2) and this does not in any way stipulate using live ammunition on peaceful and unarmed civilians.
“We will also like to remind Iliyasu that security agencies, media organizations, foreign embassies, and specifically, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State were all informed ahead of time of the pro-Trump rally, through an official letter signed by the leadership of IPOB.
“This Colonel must understand that a rally or even a protest is not an armed rebellion that will warrant deployment of troops of 29 Battalion of Nigerian Army with a mandate to fire live bullets at peaceful and unarmed civilians.
“May we ask why the same deployment of troops was not carried out on those who protested against President Trump in Abuja on the same date?
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“How come troops were not deployed to shoot and kill civilians during the recent “anti-Buhari” protest that was led by the likes of Charles Oputa a.k.a. Charlie Boy? Why must the Hausa-Fulani dominated Nigerian Army and Police regard every IPOB assembly or rally as an opportunity to embark upon some kind of mini Jihad designed to kill as many non-Muslims as possible?
“IPOB is extremely pleased that what transpired that day was captured on pictures and videos as most of the unspeakable atrocities of the Nigerian Army and police are.
“On his insinuation, borne out of panic, that IPOB will post old videos and pictures from our archives in social media, we advise the Colonel not to worry but to leave the authentication of the evidence we have to the civilized panel of judges at the International Criminal Court, ICC.”
“It is reassuring to observe that at least the lying Nigerian Army is aware that all their murderous outrage on January 20, 2017 were captured on video.”
Meanwhile, Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed has described as false and disinformation the news of alleged killing of some members of a pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The minister said this on Tuesday, February 21 in Abuja at the seventh edition of the National Security Seminar with the theme “Consolidating on the Gains of Counter Terrorism Operations in Nigeria.’’