Amnesty International says that Nigerian security forces by way of extrajudicial killings have killed an estimated 150 pro-Biafra protesters.
The international rights group came to their conclusion after series of investigations and interviews.
Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with about 200 people, and backed up by 100 photographs and 87 videos.
Makmid Kamara, Amnesty’s Interim Director for Nigeria, said:
“This reckless and trigger-happy approach to crowd control has caused at least 150 deaths, and we fear the actual total might be far higher”
The report acknowledged that the protests were largely peaceful. It also said that there were however slight violent acts like burning of tyres during the protest. It said at some point the protesters threw stones at the police and records that a police man was shot in the process.
Waving the above mentioned aside, the right group maintains that the security forces had no justification to engage in extrajudicial killings.
“Regardless, these acts of violence and disorder did not justify the level of force used against the whole assembly.”
Local reports in June says that during the commemoration of the 49th anniversary of BIAFRA, over 30 Igbo youths were killed in Onitsha, Anambra state and more than 50 arrested.
Witnesses and survivors of the protest tell tales of co-Biafra protesters who were killed in their sleep in a church and school. They maintain that they had initially obtained a police permit to conduct the rally only to be interrupted by security forces during the procession.
A survivor recounts his ordeal with the military who brutalized him and poured acid on him.
In reply to the accusations of the rights group, the military dismisses the claims, saying Amnesty International only aimed at tarnishing their image.
The lackadaisical attitude of Mr. President and authorities in addressing the Fulani and pro-Biafra massacres is perceived as consent to the criminal acts.
With all of these incidents, which the Nigerian government is systematically turning a blind eye to, MASSOB in conjunction with Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), reach out to international powers to intervene.
The Pro-Biafran groups have thus, made a plea to the United Nations to split Nigeria into 6 republics.