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Friday, 10 June 2016

Amnesty claims Soldiers killed 17 IPOB members in May

Everything about the alleged clash between soldiers and members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have not been heard yet, as Amnesty International says that Nigeria’s army in May killed at least 17 unarmed members of IPOB.


Amnesty’s report, which it says was based on details from eyewitnesses, morgues and hospitals, says soldiers opened fire on members of IPOB and their supporters in Onitsha, Anambra State during the build up to a march.

The human rights group added that the killings took place during a security operation in the early hours of the morning, shortly before the march when the military raided homes and a church where IPOB members slept.

Amnesty said its investigation showed at least 17 people were killed and nearly 50 injured, adding that “the real number is likely to be higher”.

Urging government to investigate, the right group said, “Information gathered by Amnesty International indicates that the deaths of supporters and members of IPOB was the consequence of excessive, and unnecessary use of force.”

The contents of the report were rejected by army spokesman Sani Usman. “The allegations are unfounded,” he said.


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