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READ THE DETAILED REPORT OF THE ONGOING BIAFRAN HOLOCAUST

READ THE DETAILED REPORT OF THE ONGOING BIAFRAN HOLOCAUST

Ref: InterSoc/002/02/016/Security/Chiefs/ABJ/NG

(a)Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzzau, PhD

Honourable Minister of Interior, Federal Ministry of Interior

Old Secretariat, Area 1, Garki, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

(b)Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin

Chief of Defense Staff, the Defense Headquarters

FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Sirs,

Ceaseless Killing Of Unarmed Citizens In Nigeria: Why Security Chiefs

Must Desist From Provoking More Insurgencies Capable Of Plunging

Nigeria Into Syrian Styled Violence

 

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(Onitsha Nigeria, 16th February 2016)-The leadership of International

Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) writes your two

important public offices concerning the above named subject. This letter is also

adopted and supported by other nine group-members of the Southeast Based

Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs); comprising:

Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Center

for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA), Human Rights Club (a

project of LRRDC)(HRC), Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human

Rights (FJEDHR), Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW), Anambra

 

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Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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Human Rights Forum (AHRF), Southeast Good Governance Forum

(SGGF), International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative

(ITERSOLIDARITY) and Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights

advocacy group).

 

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Government Announcement Of Violent Crackdown On Pro-Biafran

Agitators: We wish to recall, Sirs that the Nigerian Army had on November 16,

2015 announced a violent crackdown on those who are peacefully and non-
violently agitating for their constitutional and treaty rights to self-
determination, development, existence, peaceful assembly, association, personal

liberty, movement, life, dignity of human person, expression and fair hearing.

These rights are fully guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution in its Chapter Four

(Fundamental Human Rights) as well as by various international human rights

treaties particularly the African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights of 1981,

ratified and domesticated by Nigeria in 1983 and the International Covenant on

Civil & Political Rights of 1976, ratified by Nigeria in 1993. These rights are

constitutionally and conventionally exercisable by all citizens provided they are

exercised peacefully and non-violently. They are also mandatorily protected and

safeguarded by the State, African Union and the United Nations.

 

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The leading group in this context is the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and

millions of its supporters in Nigeria and overseas. The Army’s announcement,

which was restated by your office (CDS) on behalf of the Nigerian Military, is

contained in the following link: http://www.informationng.com/2015/11/pro-
biafra-protests-army-warns-ipob-massob-others-against-secession.html. On 1st

December 2015.

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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As if that was not enough, Sirs, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon

Arase, on 2nd December 2015 issued a stern warning and directed his

subordinate officers in the Southeast and the South-south zones to apply

maximum (deadly violence) force against the pro-Biafran self-determination

agitators particularly the IPOB and its teaming supporters. The said order of 2nd

December 2015 is contained in the following link:

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/194275-nigeria-police-chief-orders-
anti-riot-force-to-maximally-restrain-pro-biafra-protesters. The IGP had earlier

threatened to use deadly violence to crack down the peaceful and non-violent

protests under reference. The threat was issued during his live program on

Channels Television in Lagos State 8th of November 2015.

Below is the link to the threat under reference:

htmlhttp://www.nairaland.com/2722903/arase-issues-final-warning-pro-biafra.

Reasons For Pro-Biafran Peaceful Protests: It is further recalled, Sirs, that

tens of thousands of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and

millions of their supporters had since July 2015 involved in peaceful and non-
violent street protests in 10 States of the Southeast and the South-south zones

except Edo State. They also protested in Lagos, Abuja and dozens of foreign

countries in Europe, North America and Asia. The protests peaked between

October and December 2015 following the arrest and long and unconstitutional

detention without fair charge and trial of the leader of IPOB, Prince Nnamdi

Kanu. Citizen Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on 14th October 2015 and had never

been released on bail till date despite several court orders either ordering for his

conditional release or unconditional release. The causes of these peaceful and

non-violent protests, Sirs, are fundamentally founded on escalation and

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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entrenchment of individual (personal insecurity) and group (structural

insecurity) violence against the Igbo Ethnic Nationality in Nigeria.

In other words, Sirs, their peaceful and non-violent protests were geared

towards drawing the attentions of the Nigerian authorities and members of the

international community over escalated and unaddressed threats to personal

security and safety and other unsafe conditions (personal violence) as well as

gross geopolitical imbalances and lopsidedness against the Igbo Ethnic

Nationality particularly the Southeast Zone in matters of federal distribution of

material and human resources (collective violence). Totality of the foregoing is

seen by them as constituting a dangerous threat to their existence, development

and enjoyment of inalienable and statute rights provided by the Constitution

and the international rights conventions.

Deprivation of these inalienable rights has made members of the Igbo Ethnic

Nationality and other Southern Ethnic Nationalities endangered species in

Nigeria. The peaceful and non-violent protests gained currency following the

Buhari administration’s soft spot for politics of exclusion and socio-ethnic

divisiveness. The grand purpose of these peaceful and non-violent protests

under reference is for the Nigerian authorities to address the social anomalies

complained of, non-violently, competently and satisfactorily.

Consequences Of Government Violent Crackdown: From our recent extensive

investigations, Sirs, at least 80 innocent Nigerian citizens and mostly, members

of the Igbo Ethnic Nationality in Nigeria who are sympathetic to pro-Biafran

self-determination agitation, have been killed by Nigerian security forces since

30th August 2015. The victims of the referenced butcheries have never used or

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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advocated violence. The leading killer-security force is the Nigerian Army,

followed by the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Navy.

Over 170 other innocent and unarmed citizens have also been shot and critically

injured while about 400 others or more have been arrested, charged or detained

without trial. Hundreds of them are currently facing charges contrary to

democratic free speech in various magistrate courts in Southern Nigeria. Scores

are also being detained without trial amidst torture and other cruel, inhuman or

degrading treatments or punishment in the hands of the personnel of the Nigeria

Police Force (NPF). There are also reported cases of disappearances, abductions

and pretrial killing of members of IPOB particularly in Southern Nigeria. In the

context of security forces atrocity index, the Nigerian Army accounts for 60%

of the atrocities while the Nigeria Police is responsible for 30%; leaving the

remaining 10% to other security forces including the Nigerian Navy. The

Nigeria Police Force is solely responsible for indiscriminate arrests and

disappearances of citizens, whom it labels “IPOB/MASSOB” members.

Detailed Statistics: For the avoidance of doubt, Sirs, among the 80 murdered

citizens are 4 killed in Awka and Onitsha on 30th August 2015; 13 killed in

Onitsha on 2nd December 2015; 12 killed in Onitsha on 17th December 2015

(eight were killed on the spot and four others died in hospital following gunshot

wounds); eight killed in Aba on 18th January 2016; six killed in Aba on 29th

January 2016 and 22 killed in Aba on 9th February 2016. There were other

killings that went unreported or unaccounted for till date.

We further inform, Sirs, that 60% of the murdered citizens were shot and killed

on the spot by soldiers. Their corpses were picked up by the same soldiers,

taken to secret destinations and buried or dumped in secret graves or borrow

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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pits. In most cases, if not in all cases, Sirs, the said murdered citizens have their

hands tied behind their backs, poured raw acid or other defacing and decimating

chemical substances and laid face down to avoid easy identification and to erase

traces. Those critically shot and injured by soldiers who are at the point of death

are routinely shot dead and buried or dumped in a like manner.

Dead Victims: Among the four citizens killed in Onitsha and Awka on 30th

August 2015 are Ebuka Nnolum of Enuguabo-Ufuma in Anambra State and

Obasi Maduka of Oshiri in Ebonyi State. Among 13 citizens killed in Onitsha

on 2nd December 2015 are: Miss Anthonia Nkiruka Ikeanyionwu (Anambra

State), Kenneth Ogadinma (Abia State), Chima Onoh (Enugu State), Angus

Chikwado (Anambra State) and Miss Felicia Egwuatu (Anambra State). The

remaining eight citizens shot and killed by soldiers of the Onitsha Military

Cantonment commanded by Col Isa Abdullahi were taken away and secretly

buried or dumped in undisclosed locations till date.

Also, out of 12 citizens killed in Onitsha on 17th December 2015, only four who

died in the hospital were identified. One of them is Citizen Okwu Friday. The

identities of three others cannot be disclosed here as pleaded by their families.

The corpses of the remaining eight citizens shot and killed on the 17th of

December 2015 were taken away by soldiers of the Onitsha Military

Cantonment. Among the 22 murdered citizens in the Aba Prayer/Meeting

session of IPOB on 9th of February 2016 are: Uche Friday (30yrs), from Asa in

Abia State; Emeka Ekpemandu (35yrs), from Owerre Nkwoji in Imo State;

Chiavoghi Chibuikem (Obingwa in Abia State); Nzubechi Onwumere (Orlu in

Imo State); Peter Chinemerem Ukasoanya (27yrs), from Isialangwa North in

Abia State, Chigozie Cyril Nwoye (23yrs), from Umuna in Ezeagu, Enugu

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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State; Chukwudi Onyekwere (26yrs), from Aboh Mbaise in Imo State; and

Chibuzor Maduagwu (28yrs), from Amauzari in Mbano, Imo State.

The remaining 12 dead bodies of murdered IPOB members were taken away by

soldiers of 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, located at Asa in Ukwa West

LGA of Abia. The 144 Battalion is commanded by Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi.

The Abia State Police Command had earlier admitted publicly of shooting and

killing two IPOB members (“for disturbing students of the National High

School in Aba”). The Command is presently and officially in possession of the

two dead IPOB members it shot and killed.

Shot & Critically Injured Victims: Out of the 170 citizens that were shot and

critically injured by Nigerian security forces particularly the Army, Police and

Navy, most of them are found in Delta, Rivers, Anambra, Abia and Enugu

States and the shootings occurred between August 30th, 2015 and 9th of

February 2016. Of these, over 40 citizens were critically shot and injured in

Anambra (30th August, 2nd and 17th December 2015); 80 in Abia State (18th of

January 2016, 29th of January 2016 and 9th of February 2016), 21 in Rivers State

(30th August 2015); 10 in Delta State (30th August 2015) and 6 in Enugu State.

These exclude scores of others critically shot and injured in related non-violent

protests in those States as well as Bayelsa State that went unreported or

unaccounted for.

Among those shot and critically injured in Rivers by Nigerian Army and the

Police are Citizens Sunday Udegbe, Nwabunne Udo, Agwasi Anthony,

Meshach Emmanuel, Chinwendu Ogbonna, Amanda Onyekachi, Emmanuel

Arinze, Okwudiri Ojah, Chibuike David, Uzochi Ugwojialili, Chukwuma Igwe,

Kingsley Okere, Chinedu Solomon Iwu, Okon Emmanuel Udo, Kelechi

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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Uwaeze, Dominic Uwalaka, Solomon Chikwe, Ikenna Ezekwem, Thomas

Ubani, Amarachi Onyemachi and Chukwudi Ofoegbuliwe.

In Enugu State, the following were shot and critically injured: Mr. Godswill

Ojikeme, Mrs. Chinyere Godswill Ojikeme, Ogbodo Monday, Jonah Kelechi,

Onuigbo Paul and Obiorah Innocent. Those deadly shot and wounded in Delta

State are: Chinedu Abel, Onovo Michael, Kingsley Anuife, Amechi Ojieh,

Ogbonna Kanayo, David Ogbu, Charles Chukwuka, Elochukwu Uzor, Chinedu

Chukwuma and Onyekanna Ifechukwudebelu. Those shot and critically injured

on 30th August 2015 in Anambra State are: Sampson Kalu, Chidiebere Nnaji,

Onyekwelu Ovute, Felix Ndianaefo, Ikechukwu Okafor, Chimaobi Okafor,

Christopher Oforah, Sunday Nwazugbo, Stanley Eze, Mrs. Eucharia and Mrs.

Patricia.

Among those shot and critically injured by soldiers, Police and Navy in Onitsha

on 2nd of December 2015 are: Citizens Jonah Kelechi, Nwode Friday, Ogodo

Monday, Nwankwo Ejike, Onuigbo Paul, Mbonu Izunna and Obiora Innocent.

Among those shot and critically injured by security forces in Onitsha on 17th of

December 2015 peaceful and non-violent protest are: Amadi Chinonso,

Chukwudi Dabelechi, Alo Amechi, Nwaele Chigozie, Okonkwo Felix, Eneje

Emeka, Uchechukwu Kingsley, Igwebuike Chinonso, Onyemaechi Ikeagu,

Nwaoba Emeka, Nwajioha Chinonso, Nwaele Chinonso, Ijeoma Chukwu,

Francis Ikechukwu, Ejike Jideoffor, Makuochukwu Ozobi and Okechukwu

Okonkwo.

Among innocent and unarmed citizens shot and critically injured in Aba on 9th

of February by security forces are: Mrs. Charity Ahuruonye (40yrs), from

Ugwunabo in Abia State; Chibuzor Akabueze (29yrs), from Mbano in Imo

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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State, Chukwuemeka Iwuoha (Nwangele in Imo State), Chibuzor Chukwu

(Oshiri in Ebonyi State), Innocent Chinedu Okoro (52yrs), from Akuma

Ihechiowa in Abia State, Obinna Emmanuel Alaribe (26yrs), from Umuobasi in

Abia State, Uchenna Ihuoma (28yrs), from Njaba in Imo State, Ekene Uzor

(29yrs), from Ojoto in Anambra State, Sunday Kalu (63yrs), from Ihechiowa in

Abia State; Mrs. Nnenna Okebe (55yrs), from Abiriba in Abia State; Mrs.

Comfort Kingsley (32yrs); Mrs. Ngozi Paul (34yrs), from Amumara Mbaise in

Imo State; and Ifiok Alexandra Ibanga (Ubon Akwa-Obot Akara in Akwa Ibom

State.

It is also important to inform you, Sirs, that some of these gunshot victims

mentioned above in Delta, Anambra, Rivers, Enugu and Abia have died

following the gravity of their gunshot injuries and lack of funds needed for their

proper medical treatments. Most, if not all of them were shot at close range.

Some have been crippled and can never walk again while others have their

limbs or arms amputated; yet others have their body parts badly lacerated.

Among these innocent victims are fathers, breadwinners, tax payers, mothers,

pregnant women, the aged, sons and daughters.

How Soldiers & Police Massacred 22 Citizens In Aba & Dumped 11 Bodies In

Borrow Pit: It is our information, Sirs, that the combined team of soldiers of the

144 Battalion located in Asa, Ukwa Ngwa West LGA of Abia State under the

command of Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi and the personnel of the Nigeria Police

Force, Abia State Command, headed by CP Habila Hosea (08037025670); aided

by Aba Area Commander, ACP Peter Nwagbara (08184087787) and joined by

some personnel of the Nigerian Navy Command (Finance & Logistics

Command), Owerre-Nta in Abia State had on 9th of February 2016, shot and

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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killed 22 unarmed, innocent and non-violent members of the Indigenous People

of Biafra (IPOB) at the National High School along Port Harcourt Road in Aba,

Abia State. The security forces had stormed the School in over ten hilux vans at

about 12: noon of the said date.

Over 30 other members of the IPOB were also shot and critically injured at the

scene. Out of the 22 murdered citizens, eight were identified after the shooting

and killing spree by other members of the IPOB and sympathizers; some of

them died on their way to hospital following excessive bleeding and

excruciating pains. Two of the 22 murdered IPOB members were taken away by

the Abia State Police Command and the remaining 12 were packed in two

military trucks and taken away by soldiers. Among them were four critically

injured citizens in terminal conditions.

The IPOB members numbering hundreds had converged peacefully and non-
violently at the National High School for their prayers and meeting. About 30

minutes into their prayer procession in the School’s premises, soldiers of the

144 Battalion, numbering over fifteen; joined by Police and Navy personnel

surrounded and barricaded the IPOB members and cordoned off the area.

Minutes after, the soldiers opened fire at the IPOB members while Police and

Navy personnel joined them by shooting harmful chemical substances at them.

Coordinators of the IPOB were before the shooting, fished out and taken away;

likewise some married women. Among those earlier arrested and taken away

are Abia State IPOB Coordinator, Ikechukwu Ugwuoha, Imo State Coordinator,

Amos Ezekiel, Abia State Welfare Officer of IPOB, Okechukwu Nnebedum

Nkume, Abia State Zonal Coordinator, Donatus Okeke and one of the principal

officers of the group in Rivers State, Joseph Okolie.

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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Dumping Of 11 Murdered Citizens In Borrow Pit: On Saturday, 13th of

February 2016, some scavengers reported to one of the Aba units coordinators

of IPOB that they saw some dead bodies in a borrow pit located along Aba Port

Harcourt Road. The Borrow Pit was recently converted to a refuse dump by the

Government of Abia State. On receiving the report on Saturday morning, the

IPOB members moved to the area where they saw 11 dead bodies battered and

shrank with decimating chemical substances. The 11 murdered citizens must

have included those taken away alive by soldiers who were battered with

gunshots. They were laid face down with their eyes tied and covered.

They also have their hands tied behind their backs and their bodies lacerated

with gunshot holes. The chemical substances poured on them shrank them and

made them look taller than their normal heights; all for the purposes of erasing

traces and defying easy facial and bodily identifications. But clothes worn by

some of them are still new and easily identifiable. Some IPOB members who

went to the site quickly recognized some of them as part of those that attended

the prayer and meeting session of 9th of February 2016 before their gruesome

massacre by soldiers of the 144 Battalion, Asa in Ukwa West LGA of Abia

State; commanded by Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi.

The leadership of this organization also went to the site and saw the gruesomely

murdered corpses. The 144 Battalion’s military barracks is about 10 kilometers

away from the Borrow Pit. The murdered citizens must have been dumped in

the Pit by the soldiers in the hours of the blue law or after midnight of 9th of

February 2016. They were also dumped at a distance away from the refuse site

and were carefully positioned and dumped. In the 18th and 29th of January 2015

IPOB peaceful protests in Aba, soldiers also shot dead scores of protesters and

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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took their corpses away. During the similar protests in Onitsha on 2nd and 17th of

December 2015, soldiers of the Onitsha Military Cantonment, headed by Col

Isa Abdullahi shot, killed and took away corpses of scores of peaceful protesters

without traces of where they were buried or dumped till date. The video clips

and pictures of the massacre at the National High School in Aba and the

dumping of 11 murdered bodies are attached below for full details, references

and investigation.

Condemnation: The worst crime against humanity by the State is killing and

maiming of its citizens in peacetime. In wartime, killing of civilians not taking

part in the war by State and non-State actors; unambiguously constitutes war

crimes and it is a fundamental breach of the Geneva Conventions of 1949,

particularly their Protocol 11 (protection of civilians and other non-combatants

in internal conflicts); how much more killing and maiming of innocent, non-
violent and unarmed citizens in peacetime. It saddens our heart that Nigeria,

which claims to be a respected member of the international community

including AU and UN, can mindlessly and rapaciously turn its instrument of

State violence against its unarmed, non-violent and peaceful citizens. Our

extensive investigations also showed that the killing and maiming of IPOB

members under reference is inescapably a hate killing and presidentially

condoned.

It is also an ethnic cleansing. Our recent field observations, observed at various

military checkpoints in Aba and Onitsha clearly indicated the flooding of the

Southeast Zone with carefully selected and posted soldiers mostly dominated by

Muslim northerners as young as 22-25 years. These elements are incurably

ethnic cleansers and hate killers, once opportunities occur. They are also under

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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the commands of Muslim officers from core north with possible matching

orders from above to shoot, maim and kill at sight members of Igbo Ethnic

Nationality. For instance, the Onitsha Field Artillery Cantonment is headed by

Col Isa Abdullahi; a Muslim officer from core north; likewise the 144 Battalion

in Abia State, headed by Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi; another killer northern

officer. The 82nd Division of the same Nigerian Army that coordinates the entire

army formations in the Southeast Zone is also headed by Brigadier Gen Ibrahim

Attahiru; a Muslim officer from the core north.

Further condemned is the unconstitutional roles of the Army in intervening in

peaceful and non-violent protests under reference. Taking vengeance of its

causalities in the Boko Haram insurgency on innocent and unarmed citizens is

recipe for anarchy and breeding of another insurgency in Nigeria. We are aware

that Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo); a Niger Delta oil militant, has

continued to defy several court orders and court orders given to security forces

in Nigeria to bring him to court have not been executed till date; thereby

suggesting that once armed in Nigeria, a citizen is feared and respected by

security forces. In other words, Nigerian security forces under your

administrative midwifery appear to be encouraging citizens to take up arms and

become lawless while discouraging others from being law abiding and

ventilating their social angers within the ambit of the law.

If Nigerian security forces under your administrative midwifery can be so

heartless to direct State violence against innocent and unarmed citizens

exercising their democratic free speeches, then there is unquenchable danger

ahead. Saddening, too, is total abandonment of codes of conduct guiding the use

of force and modern crowd control handling styles, which includes the

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

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proportionality of use of force. The handling styles of the Nigerian security

forces in the named butcheries are gravely in violation of the Chapter Four of

the 1999 Constitution and various international human rights treaties, signed,

ratified or domesticated by Nigeria.

Consequences: We make bold to say that the Nigerian security forces under

your administrative midwifery are breeding another insurgency; if not

insurgencies in Nigeria. The Board Chairman of this organization

(Intersociety), Emeka Umeagbalasi, still recalls how he was masterfully taught

by your person (Gen Dambazzau, PhD) at the National Open University of

Nigeria in the Department of Criminology & Security Studies about how not to

create or encourage triggers of divided society and how to nip personal and

structural violence in the bud using democratic and constitutional pluralism.

One of such seminal books in Gen Dambazzau’s name is called Patterns &

Trends of Crimes in Nigeria and their control measures. In the said book,

promotion of good governance, respect for and protection of human rights,

political tolerance and political inclusion as well as free speech were

emphasized as fundamental panaceas for ensuring effective crime control in

democratic Nigeria.

Yet, the recent turn of events with respect to the subject matter under

discussion, clearly represents the opposite of what academically erudite Gen

Dambazzau, as a doctor of criminology, taught the like of Emeka Umeagbalasi

at NOUN. The consequences of unleashing State violence on unarmed citizens

are unquenchably calamitous. Going by modern theory of violence, no State or

any group or individual has monopoly of it. As a matter of fact, violence is very

much around and more menacing in the hands of non-State actors and its forms

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

RC: 27239

41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State

Southeast Nigeria

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and applications have no limits. Our recent study of modern intra-State or

internal violent conflicts, which are very active in 64 countries around the

world; clearly showed that most of them started as peaceful and non-violent

agitations or protests, but became violent and devastating following violent

responses or crackdowns and other poor handling styles by host territorial

governments.

Today, there are a total of 64 active and devastating internal armed conflicts

raging in 64 countries around the world as at 2015, involving 591 militia-
guerrillas and other armed separatist groups; out of which, 27 internal violent

conflicts are ongoing in Africa, involving 167 militia-guerrillas and other armed

separatist groups. The Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) presently

parades the highest number of armed opposition groups in Africa with 36. We

totally concur with a saying that “the worst peace is better than the best war”.

That is to say Nigerian present political leaders must learn from recent histories

and have a total change of attitude. At a point in the history of Ethiopia of 80s,

for instance, fourteen violent conflicts were simultaneously going on in its

entire 14 regions, forcing the country to embark on compulsory recruitment of

every Tom, Dick and Harry including child-soldiers into its standing army. The

country later became the Africa’s largest army with over 500,000 soldiers. The

escalated conflicts in Ethiopia initially started between it and its Eritrean region,

but got escalated and they were principally as a result of Col Mengistu Haile

Mariam’s sit tight and iron fisted leadership and gross political intolerance

including violent crackdowns on unarmed opposition groups. He was the

country’s brutal dictator from 1974-1991.

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

RC: 27239

41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State

Southeast Nigeria

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In Ivory Coast, it was similar political and violent crackdown against current

President Alassane Dramane Quattara and his Dimbokro tribe; paternal

descendants of former Muslim rulers of Burkina Faso in mid 90s that plunged

the country into violent conflicts (2002-2007 & November 2010-April 2011). In

Syria, the internal violent conflict that began in March 2011 has led to killing of

over 260,000 citizens and displacement of over half of the population. The

conflict is also traced to iron fisted leadership of the Assad family (Hafez Al-
Assad, 1971-2000 (died in office) and Bashar al-Assad (son) 2000-date) and

violent crackdown on political and sectional opponents. In Somalia, the country

is one of the most homogenous and mono-religious (Muslims) countries in the

world, yet it was political intolerance and violent crackdown on opposition

voices; propelled by political sit-tight of Gen Mohamed Said Bare (1969-1991)

that plunged the country into endless internal violent conflict that led to

balkanization of the country and lawlessness till date.

For the fact that modern violence knows no border or boundaries and have

given birth to “wars-without-borders”, the Federal Government of Nigeria,

under Gen Muhammadu Buhari must be extremely careful and refrain from

breeding or provoking more insurgencies in Nigeria. The population size of

Nigeria (estimated at 174 million) defies any form of humanitarian

emergencies and responses in the event of eruption of another ethno-religious

inspired violent insurgency or insurgencies. And it is a common knowledge

among modern conflict theorists that value and identity based violent reactions

or conflicts are usually endless and devastating than violent conflicts over

economic needs and interests. Nigerian security chiefs and political leaders must

stop provoking and breeding more insurgencies and in the event of eruption of

more insurgencies in the country; their weapons of mass murder of today, will

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

RC: 27239

41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State

Southeast Nigeria

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become den guns only capable of shepherding their escape routes to refugee

camps.

Demands: We firmly demand that your two important public offices must speak

and advise President Muhammadu Buhari in Arabic and Hausa Languages that

he understands very well and correctly that Nigeria under his presidency must

not be plunged into another insurgency on account of the militant and hostile

approaches adopted by his administration in responding to peaceful and non-
violent agitations of pro-Biafra activists. IPOB issue is a time bomb on account

of its members and supporters scattering in the darkest and brightest parts of

the world and access to modern types and forms of violence is limitless, in

addition to the reigning age of information technology or ICT. Other potential

insurgencies may also abound in the country waiting to be provoked or

exploded.

President Muhammadu Buhari must also be advised and made to understand in

his native Hausa and Arabic Languages that a lot has changed between when he

held sway in the military as a coup leader and as civil war participant and

present times. Warfare methodologies have since undergone a series of

metamorphoses.

It is our further demand that those involved in the butcheries under reference,

that is to say the Commanding Officer of 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in

Abia State; Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi, the Abia State Commissioner of Police,

Habila Hosea, the Aba Area Commander, Peter Nwagbara, the Commanding

Officer of the Nigerian Navy (Finance & Logistics Command), Owerre-Nta,

Abia State, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hosea Karma, the

Commanding Officer of the Onitsha Military Cantonment, Col Isa Abdullahi,

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

RC: 27239

41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State

Southeast Nigeria

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the Chief of Army Staff, Major Gen Turkur Buratai and Inspector General of

Police, Solomon Arase should be thoroughly investigated and be made to

account for atrocities under reference.

Specifically the Aba massacre and dumping of 11 murdered bodies inside the

Aba-Port Harcourt Road Borrow Pit should be thoroughly and conclusively

investigated. The two Army Commanding officers under reference (Col

Abdullahi and Lt Col Umar Sidi) should be withdrawn from the Southeast. The

present practice whereby the Zone is flooded with and dominated by young and

murderous soldiers of core northern Muslim origin should be reversed. Soldiers

to be posted in the Southeast Zone should comprise those of other geopolitical

zones; likewise their commanding officers. Soldiers should also be barred from

involvement in handling peaceful and non-violent protests and processions in

Nigeria; whether such are organized by IPOB or members of other social groups

in the country.

Nigerian security forces should also be barred from using live bullets and

assault rifles in handling or controlling peaceful and non-violent public protests

or processions; and non-lethal crowd control gadgets with minimum force (if

extremely necessary) should be used. Bearing in mind the international law and

UN’s principle of complementarity, which is also enshrined in the ICC Statute

of 1998, ratified by Nigeria on 27th of September 2001, this letter of ours is

directed to your two important offices in the hope that you will be “willing and

able” to frontally address the issues under complaint.

 

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Onitsha,

Southeast Nigeria)

Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc., Criminology & Security Studies; M.Sc.

(Candidate), Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

Board Chairman

Mobile Line: +2348174090052

Email: info@intersociety-ng.org, emekaumeagbalasi@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.intersociety-ng.org

Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq., LLB, BL; LLM (Candidate)

Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program

Mobile Line: +2348034186332

Attachments: (1) video CD containing images of the IPOB peaceful

prayers/meeting at the National High School and mass shooting & killing of

their members by soldiers, police & Navy personnel in Abia State. (2)

Photos of 11 murdered IPOB members dumped inside Aba-Port Harcourt

Road Borrow Pit by soldiers of the 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army,

near Aba.

CC:

1. National Security Adviser, Retired Gen Babagana Mungono

 

2. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Mahmud Mohammed

3. Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase

4. Attorney General of the Federation & Minister for Justice, Mr.

Abubakar Malami (SAN)

5. United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon

6. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid

Ra’ad Al Hussein

7. United Nations Chief Repertoire on Extra Judicial Killings, Prof

Christof Heyns

8. European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and

Security, Ms Federica Morgherini

9. Head/African Research Group & Deputy Head/Research Analyst,

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Dr. Clare Thomas

10.Head, Political Section of the US Embassy in Nigeria

11.Head, Political Section of the UK High Commission in Nigeria

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

RC: 27239

41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State

Southeast Nigeria

Tel: +234(0)8100755939 | e-mail: info@intersociety-ng.org, botchairman@intersociety-ng.org | www.intersociety-ng.org

Board Members: Emeka Umeagbalasi (Chairman), Blessing Ohia-Umeagbalasi, Anayo

Okoli & Chinedum Agwaramgbo, Esq.

RC: 27239

41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State

Southeast Nigeria

Tel: +234(0)8100755939 | e-mail: info@intersociety-ng.org, botchairman@intersociety-ng.org | www.intersociety-ng.org

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