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Biafra: Gov. Obiano testified to Hausa Fulani Islamic Nigerian Army panel that no IPOB member was killed last year at Nkpor



Nigerian Army on Wednesday release​d ​report of a Special Board that probed alleged human rights abuse levelled against its personnel by the Amnesty International (AI).
AI had accused the ​A​rmy ​of ​extra-judicial killing of  members Boko Haram and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)​.​
Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, Chief of Military/Civil Affairs​, who presented the findings to the media on Wednesday in Abuja said although it did not find the army ​guilty of the accusations, Boko Haram terrorists were not allowed access to legal representation.
​”The right to counsel is fundamental to basic fairness that should be recognised even with respect to terrorism cases​”, it said.​

Read More: NIGERIA ‘BULLETS WERE RAININGEVERYWHERE’ DEADLY REPRESSION OF PRO-BIAFRA ACTIVISTS –Amnesty Report

“The board found that the process determining the legal status of Boko Haram detainees in all military detention facilities appear to have been left to the Nigerian Army alone.
“We note in particular the difficulty encountered by the Nigerian Army in transferring detainees in Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri detention facility to the Maiduguri maximum prisons to ease congestion in the facility.

“The board found that a common feature in all the detention facilities visited was the delay in the legal processing and trial of Boko Haram detainees”‎, it said.
​The report ​added that some of the terrorist detainees at the time of the arrest, were “malnourished and in poor state.​This could be misconstrued as evidence of deliberate starvation.”

Read More: Amnesty Report on Nigeria, At least150 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in chilling crackdown
On the alleged killing of members of IPOB and their subsequent alleged burial in a shallow pit, the board ​said this was untrue.
“​T​he board interacted with the Anambra Governor, Commissioner of Police, State Directror, DSS and some residents.
“They testified that no one was killed during the incident (IPOB protest) at Onitsha bridgehead but police report showed that 14 people were arrested on the day – May 29, 2016.
“The board received the names and contact details of the five ring leaders of the protest who were arrested and handed over to the police on that day,’’ the report ​said.

The nine-man board headed by Retired Maj.-Gen. A.T Jibril was inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on March 8.

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Nigerian Army panel exonerates self of allegations of IPOB Killings


By Paul Obi in Abuja

The United States and British embassies in Nigeria has withdrawn and denied entry visa to some serving and retired Nigerian Army (NA) officers, a report of a Board of Inquiry set up by the army to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the military in the country, has revealed.
This is even as the Nigerian Army exonerated itself over allegations in its confrontations and treatment of Boko Haram terrorists and internally displayed persons (IDPs) in its operations in the North-east, as well as members and sypathisers of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The report was presented late wednesday by the Head of the Nigerian Army Civil Relations, Maj-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, alongside the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman.
The army had set up the Board of Inquiry to investigate the allegations contained in a series of Amnesty International reports accusing military officer of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings during their engagements with Boko Haram and IDPs in the North-east, and member of IPOB in the South-east.

Curiously, the board members that carried out the investigation into the rights abuses were all absent at the presentation of the report by officials of army headquarters in Abuja.
Angbazo, while presenting the report, said: “You will recall that Amnesty International (AI), in their reports about the NA in the North-east, had alleged cases of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture, forced disappearance and extrajudicial executions against some senior army officers.

Read More: NIGERIA ‘BULLETS WERE RAININGEVERYWHERE’ DEADLY REPRESSION OF PRO-BIAFRA ACTIVISTS –Amnesty Report

Likewise it alleged same case against the NA regarding IPOB.
“The Board limited its investigation to the roles played by the NA during the rallies by IPOB in Aba on 9 Feb, 2016 and Onitsha on 29-30 May 2016.
“The AI alleged that on 9 Feb 2016, during a peaceful rally by IPOB at the National High School in Aba, Abia State about 17 of its members were killed and 30 injured by personnel of the NA.
“AI also alleged that it had evidence of mass extrajudicial executions by security forces, including at least 60 people shot dead in the space of 29-30 May 2016 in connection with events to mark Biafra Remembrance Day.

“The Board reviewed videos, photographs and eyewitness testimonies relating to demonstations and other gatherings of IPOB members provided by non-government and military sources.
The Board also had extensive discussions with the governors and senior government officials of Abia and Anambra States.

“The Board visited the National High School, Abia where it was alleged that members of the IPOB were shot by security forces on 9 Feb 2016. 

“The Board met with the schools security man on duty on the said day (name withheld).

“The Board took note of the AI allegation that the bodies of at least 13 members of the IPOB allegedly killed at the National High School, Aba were buried in a shallow pit along the Aba-PortHarcourt expressway.

“The Board observed that there was no specific description of the location of the alleged shallow pit in the AI report.”

On the incident on May 30 2016, Angbazo stated that with regards to that incident at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church Nkpor, where AI had alleged that soldiers opened fire on worshippers in the church compound, members of the board had held individual and group discussions with the resident priest (name withheld) of the church, the chief security officer of the church and residents within the vicinity.

“The Board found that there were protests by IPOB members at Aba on 6 Feb 16 and at Onitsha on 30 May 16.
“The Board found that the IPOB protests were not peaceful and that the lives and properties of citizens in the protest areas were threatened.
“In the words of one of the governors that met with the Board ‘the IPOB may have set out to have a peaceful protest, however, criminals infiltrated their ranks and turned these protests into violent ones’.

“In particular, the board found that IPOB members converged at Onitsha on 29 May 2016 to mark the anniversary of the declaration of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
“The Board also found that the IPOB members occupied the Niger bridgehead, stopping free flow of traffic and threatened to blow it up.
“That it was the inability of the Nigeria Police to enforce law and order that led to the deployment of the military.

Read More: Amnesty Report on Nigeria, At least150 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in chilling crackdown

“The Board found that there was a joint operation of the police and the NA to contain the protesters on all the days when there were protests.
“The Board notes the statement of governors and senior officials interviews revealed that there were no reports of any killings by the military on any of the days of the protests and they had no information of 13 persons allegedly buried in a shallow grave along the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway.

“The Board notes that the statement of the gateman at the National High School, Aba, who testified that he heard gunshots and stated that he saw one person fall to the ground. He could not recollect what happened to that person,” Angbazo said.
He stressed that the board also interacted with the Anambra State governor, state Commissioner of Police, State Director of DSS and some residents.

“They testified that no one was killed during the incident at Onitsha bridgehead. However, the police report showed that 14 people were arrested on the day,” he said.
On North-East, Angbazo quoted copiously from the report of Amnesty International, stating: “The Board observed that in all AI reports on the human rights situation in Nigeria, specifically as it concerns military operations in the North-east, allegations of human rights violations were made against units, formations and personnel of the NA in general.
“However, in its report, reference above, specific mention was made against certain senior officers who Amnesty International believed should be investigated for the war crimes of murder, enforced disappearance and torture.

‘During this period, AI documented arbitrary arrests and unlawful detention of thousands of people in inhumane conditions, the deaths in custody of large numbers of detainees, and extrajudicial executions by top the command. Maj.-Gen. Ahmadu Mohammed was the Commander 7 Div from 24 Feb till 16 May (year not given).

“During this period, AI documented arbitrary arrests and unlawful detention of thousands of people in inhumane conditions, the deaths in custody of large numbers of detainees, and extrajudicial executions under his command.

“He was in charge of military operations when the military executed more than 640 detainees who escaped from Giwa barracks after a Boko Haram attack.
“Maj.-Gen. Austin O. Edokpayi was Commander of the MNJTF based in Baga from at least Apr 13 until Dec 13 (year not given), where Nigerian soldiers were responsible for arbitrary arrests and unlawful detention, the extrajudicial executions of more than 185 people on Apr 13, and death in custody at the Baga detention facility.
“Brig.-Gen. RO Bamigboye (rtd) was commander of the 21 Armoured Brigade (stationed in Giwa Barracks) from Feb 12 till Sep 13 (year not given). He was in charge of the barracks during the period when at least 5,000 detainees died in custody, and when torture and ill-treatment where used routinely.

“AI further alleged that a number of high-level military commanders should be investigated for their potential command responsibility for crimes committed by their subordinates, on the basis that they knew or should have known about the commission of the crimes and failed to take adequate action to prevent the commission of war crimes to stop the commission of war crimes, and to take all steps necessary to ensure the alleged perpetrators were brought to justice in fair trials.
“These officers are: Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, former COAS (Chief of Army Staff), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, former CDS (Chief of Defence Staff), Air Chief Marsahl Alex Badeh, former CDS, Lt.-Gen. KTJ Minimah, COAS.”

Angbazo further revealed that the board noted despite the fact that there was no finding of human rights abuses against any serving or retired military officers by any court of law or military Board of Inquiry, at least two diplomatic missions either revoked or denied their country entry visas to a number of senior officers who held command responsibilities during the military operations in the North-east.

The committee also exonerated the army of any alleged sexual abuse of IDPs in the North-east, he added.
Angbazo also revealed that these allegations led to the withdrawal and denial of U.S. and UK visas to some serving and retired senior officers.
“There were cases of officers whose names did not appear in the allegation but were also denied visas.

“AHQ (army headquarters) subsequently conducted an investigation and disseminated the reports to all relevant authorities, including the U.S. authorities through the DA (defence attaché) Washington.
“The U.S. however conveyed its dissatisfaction with the report and requested that a more comprehensive inquiry be conducted.
“Thus a Special BOI (Board of Inquiry) was constituted to investigate the allegations,” Angbazo disclosed.

The panel had Maj.-Gen. AT Jibrin (rtd.) as president. Other members included Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, Col. PC Izukanne (rtd.), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, Brig.-Gen. A Dadan-Garba (rtd.), Brig.-Gen. OL Olayinka, Col. LB Mohammed, Col. UM Wambai and Lt.-Col. CM Akaliro as secretary.


IPOB Press Release on Quit Notice !!!we sincerely thank the Arewa Elders Forum, Arewa Youths and Arewa Consultative Forum for seeing sense in what IPOB has been saying



“We the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide wish to sincerely thank the Arewa Elders Forum(AEF), Arewa Youths and Arewa Consultative Forum for seeing sense in what IPOB has been saying about the need for a referendum to be conducted in Nigeria to decide the fate of the component ethnic nationalities criminally lumped together by the British in 1914.

“Biafrans in general also wish to thank these vocal Northerners for at least having the courtesy to issue advance warning this time before embarking on their routine massacre of Igbos and other Biafrans living in Northern Nigeria; unlike what their fathers did in 1966 when death, destruction and mayhem were unleashed upon unsuspecting innocent civilian populations from the South comprising of mostly Igbo men, women and children.

Igbo massacres in Northern Nigeria has occurred so many times that it has almost become some sort of an annual sporting activity for blood thirsty Northern youths. That is why we are particularly grateful to Arewa Youths and Elders for having the decency to give us prior notice before the slaughter commences.

“We promise to adhere to your warning to leave Northern Nigeria because a word is enough for the wise. Biafrans and other Southerner should start packing their properties to come down to the South. We also advice the Northern youths and their Elders to keep it on because all they have done is exercise their right to free speech which is not a crime under any law known to man. We are therefore against those calling for the arrest of these Arewa Youths and their Elders.

“It is abundantly evident from the genocidal statements coming from certain influential segments of Northern Nigeria that the British socio-political experimentation and economic fraud we know today as Nigeria, should not have been created in the first place. IPOB is very much aware of the covert blackmail and implied threat inherent in the utterances emanating from Islamic Northern Nigeria.

“Furthermore, the assumption that economic investments of Biafrans in the Northern part of the contraption called Nigeria is an impediment to Biafra restoration project is misguided and most definitely misplaced. This is cheap blackmail designed to trigger rancour among Biafra populations because the North have always assumed and wrongly too, that Igbos will place economic well being over and above their life. This assumption is based on a false premise and one we are determined to prove same as events unfold in the coming weeks and months.

“IPOB under the divine leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is the instrument Chukwu Okike Abiama (God Almighty) is using to restore Biafra, therefore we are not afraid of our enemies, neither will any threat or violence from any quarter deter us. We remain peaceful in our noble quest to restore Biafra but we must caution that we always retain the right as a people to defend ourselves should the need arise.


By COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

IPOB issues 48-hour ultimatum to Emeka Umeagbalasi & his INTERSOCIETY


We have found it necessary therefore to issue this ultimatum to Emeka Umeagbalasi and his INTERSOCIETY.
“If at the expiry of the next 48 hours he fail to publish incontrovertible evidence to buttress his allegations against the leader of IPOB and others he mentioned their names, he will bear the consequences of whatever legal action IPOB chooses to take. For those that may not understand, what Emeka Umeagbalasi is trying to do, is to use the scare tactics of publicly naming a few politicians in order to frighten potential donors away from supporting IPOB because they will feel their names will be exposed to the public.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday descried as sponsored and spurious allegations that it was being sponsored by the Anambra State Governor and certain other individuals.
A group, INTERSOCIETY had listed Obiano, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and several other individuals and groups as sponsors of pro-Biafra activities.
However, the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful in a reaction described the claims as and “baseless, unsubstantiated and spurious”.
He stated that “It is on record that IPOB is a global organisation with presence in over one hundred countries and territories around the world and therefore is more that capable of supporting itself financially. No politician of whatever persuasion can stand today to say he or she is a financier of IPOB because they are neither worthy nor capable of doing so.
“We want to make it categorically clear to all and sundry that IPOB is a gigantic organization which one man or group cannot have the wherewithal to sponsor. IPOB sponsorship comes from the membership worldwide through voluntary monthly dues and levies.
“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not only incorruptible but whiter than white and whiter than snow. If any politician has ever sponsored him or IPOB they should be bold enough to come out and say so. He would rather die than belittle himself to the point of compromising the integrity of the struggle for Biafra emancipation at the hands of low life politicians.
“What Emeka Umeagbalasi has displayed is a classic case of rumour peddling and gossip merchandising, which is not entirely unconnected to the recent successful sit at home order issued by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his rising profile.

“Having found it impossible to subdue and defeat our leader legally, enemies of Biafra, through Emeka Umeagbalasi and co. have now resorted to casting aspersions and character assassination as a way to demystify our leader in the hope of rendering the movement rudderless. We have found it necessary therefore to issue this ultimatum to Emeka Umeagbalasi and his INTERSOCIETY.
“If at the expiry of the next 48 hours he fail to publish incontrovertible evidence to buttress his allegations against the leader of IPOB and others he mentioned their names, he will bear the consequences of whatever legal action IPOB chooses to take. For those that may not understand, what Emeka Umeagbalasi is trying to do, is to use the scare tactics of publicly naming a few politicians in order to frighten potential donors away from supporting IPOB because they will feel their names will be exposed to the public.
“Therefore, we call on IPOB members, Biafrans, friends of Biafra and Lovers of freedom to disregard these wholly unfounded allegations from INTERSOCIETY, who it appears, have left the sacred duty of the defence of human rights to dabble into tabloid journalism.”

MAY 30th 2017 BIAFRAN HEROES AND HEROINES REMEMBRANCE DAY A COMMENDATION TO THE BIAFRAN PEOPLE



The Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu expresses our deepest gratitude to the MOST HIGH CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA (OUR CREATOR) for HIS unfailing faithfulness in pouring out HIS abundant grace upon Biafrans on the 30th of May 2017 as we remembered and honored our great Heroes and Heroines, Men Women and Children who laid down their lives for our freedom. It is to CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA that we give all the glory for putting in the hearts and minds of Biafrans the spirit of obedience to the order given by the messenger of heaven Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that all Biafrans should SIT-AT-HOME on 30th May in honor of our gallant Heroes and Heroines and all victims of the Biafran Genocide beginning from 1945-2016.

The Directorate commends the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) both in Biafraland and in the Diaspora for their exemplary courage and oneness of purpose exhibited on the 30th of May in honor of our fallen Heroes and Heroines. We extol the trust, faith and confidence which you unequivocally reposed in the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.


The Directorate appreciates the sacrifices made by Biafrans of all walks of life for the unassailable success of the May 30th 2017 Remembrance Day SIT-AT-HOME. We thank specifically Transport Union leaders, road transport workers, Market/Traders association leaders, Town Unions, Traditional authorities, the Clergy, Educational Institutions, teachers, students of Institutions of higher learning, civil servants, artisans, clergymen, businessmen and women, private sector workers, traders, okada and Keke drivers, school children and our parents. We thank as well all the Biafraland, public transport owners, women organizations, community leaders, youth leaders and youths in every community, wheel barrow and truck pushers. We thank politicians who defied every odd and pressure from Aso Rock to make our SIT-AT-HOME order a memorable and resounding historical event.

Following from the remarkable adherence and success of the May 30th 2017 Remembrance Day SIT-AT-HOME, the Directorate of the Indigenous People of Biafra congratulate the Biafran people of Abia State, Anambra state, Akwa Ibom state, Bayelsa state, Cross River state, Delta state, Ebonyi state, Enugu state, Imo state, Rivers state, the Biafran people of Igbanke in Edo state, Igala clan in Kogi state, Idoma/Igede/Agatu in Benue state, and those Biafrans resident in many cities of the contraption called Nigeria who joined their brethren in the homeland to adhere to the SIT-AT-HOME order; for sending a clear and unambiguous message to the whole world that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are uncompromising in the pursuit of our Self-Determination right as our ultimate and singular objective is the restoration of the Sovereign and Independent Nation of Biafra.


Signed

Mazi Chika Edoziem

Head Directorate of State