- OEAS said the decision is protect Biafra protesters
- Laments several extrajudicial killings
- Alleges that DSS wants to carryout mass arrest of Biafra agitators
The Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS) has revealed plans to roll out Biafra self-defense units to protect peaceful demonstrators and independence advocates.
The OEAS in a publication on Radio Biafra site, said the decision is in reaction to the extrajudicial killings of dozens of unarmed Biafran protesters by the Nigerian military in the past two months in at least three well documented incidents.
The organisation further disclosed that Nigeria government has rejected calls by the OEAS to release all Biafran prisoners including Nnamdi Kanu and Benjamin Onwuka.
OEAS said Nigeria has also refused to consider a peaceful referendum on the future of Biafra and the stand down of its armed forces in Biafra.
The organisation expressed disappointment over the recent meeting of President Muhammadu Buhari and the European Union officials because the pleas to release the leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and director of radio Biafra, Nmandi Kanu was not addressed by Buhari.
The OEAS had earlier requested the EU High Representative Mogherini to use her position to expedite a settlement between the Nigerian government and Biafra.
The organization lamented that both President Buhari and the EU failed to address the Biafra issue in good faith.
“In the absence of international support or remedy, Biafran patriots have no choice but to mobilize for self-defense or face extermination. The Nigerian government has transferred battled hardened Muslim troops from the Boko Haram front to Biafra with shoot to kill orders. There has also been increased activity by the Nigerian Department of State Security,” OEAS said.
The organisation alleged that Nigeria’s Department of State Service (DSS) had informants and infiltrators targeting Biafra independence groups in a bid to carryout mass arrest.
The OEAS advises that independence minded people follow the lead of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other reliable groups that are currently forming units to protect demonstrators from attack and independence advocates from summary arrest and torture.
“It is the firm position of the OEAS that the Biafran people cannot be denied their destiny which is an internationally recognized referendum on independence,” the organization said.
IPOB's spokesman, Mr Emma Powerful, on Wednesday, February 10, warned against the careless killing of its members by security operatives. He disclosed that over 1,000 members of the group have been publicly and secretly killed since their leader was arrested and detained.
Powerful gave the warning while addressing newsmen in Nnewi after their meeting to review their activities and to determine options that will be followed to check the incessant killing of the members for engaging in peaceful protests.
Responding to IPOB's allegation over the killings in Aba on Teusday, the Abia state police command said security operatives shot dead two members of a pro-Biafran group for allegedly disturbing students in their school just as the group claimed that 22 of its members have been confirmed dead after Tuesday shooting.