Biafra: South East senators spit fire over Port Harcourt Killings


Angered by the killings of the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who held a pro-Donald Trump rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on 20th of January 2017. The South East senators have condemned the alleged killing, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order a thorough investigation into the matter.

South East senators spit fire
South East senators

The alleged shooting which was carried out by the security agents in Rivers State was said to have claimed the life of 11 while 200 of IPOB members are still missing.

The South East senators in a statement in Abuja, through its Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the mere fact that the security agencies applied excess force in an otherwise peaceful rally was reprehensible and questions an emerging pattern in the containment of peaceful assembly in Nigeria.

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Abaribe said the 1999 Constitution, as amended, provides for the freedom of association and the right of the people to freely assemble to express their common interest.

He stated: “The last time I checked, that section of the constitution is still intact and has not been amended. It is, therefore, worrisome that the rights of a section of Nigerians would be so wilfully denied with such extra force.

“If the report of killings by the security agencies were to be confirmed, it would, no doubt, leave a gaping hole in the unity of this country.  This is one regrettable action too many, coming against the backdrop of the recent report of the Amnesty International (AI) of mass killings of people from the same section of the populace in Nigeria.”

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Abaribe said the South East Senate Caucus was not only demanding a stop to this heinous act, but also urging the Federal Government to investigate the high handedness of its security services in the handling of civil protests, with particular emphasis on the latest action by its security agencies in Port Harcourt.

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Meanwhile, IPOB has threatened to invoke the right to self-defence if security agencies continued to kill their members.

IPOB had alleged that a combined team of the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army, shot protesters celebrating the inauguration of the United States of America 45th President, Donald Trump last Friday.

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Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, had alleged that no fewer than 11 members of the pro-Biafra group were shot dead by security operatives.

“They have attacked our people. Eleven people have been confirmed dead; many others have bullet wounds,” he had claimed in the statement.

Culled from The Sun


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