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#BiafraRemembranceDay: Sad Tales Of Nigerians Tortured, Labelled By Army, Police As IPOB, ESN Suspects

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The Might 30 Biafran Remembrance Day which the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) marked on Monday with a sit-at-home order for all Southeasterners met some residents who have been victims of police and army raids in detention.

SaharaReporters profiles among the residents who have been raided by the police and the military, labelled and paraded as belonging to IPOB or its militant arm, the Japanese Safety Community (ESN).



A report by the Worldwide Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Legislation, a civil society and analysis group detailed among the accounts of those victims of military and police harassment and offered their images solely additionally to SaharaReporters.

The civil society famous that previously one week, “not lower than 30 open and secret killings by troopers and police had taken place with most in Imo State the place scores of corpses have been freshly traced to the mortuaries of the federal government medical centres.”

Among the many many unarmed residents who have been raided as IPOB and ESN suspects are: one, Eze Avurum, 64; his cousin, Dominic Ekechukwu, and his daughter.

SaharaReporters learnt that all of them have been raided from Umuneke-nta, Ugiri in Isiala Mbano, Imo State on Might 12, by troopers of 144 Battalion of 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Military, Ohafia.

Eze Awurum was publicly paraded hours later by the military and labelled because the “ESN second-in-command”.

The residence of Dominic Ekechukwu was additionally burnt down. Until now, each Awurum and Ekechukwu have remained within the army detention on the Abacha (Mogadishu) Barracks in Abuja.

“Opposite to the military’s claims, Mr. Eze Awurum was framed up by his neighborhood’s conventional ruler (Eze Onyenagbaru) over a dispute involving a parcel of ancestral land resulting in him being kidnapped and framed as “ESN second-in-command,” the Intersociety report mentioned.

Two, John Chinonso, 24; he’s from Nchoko Dikenafai Group in Ideato South, Imo State and lived at Apiti Avenue by Hardel Junction, Orji-Uratta in Owerri North, Imo State.

He’s an orphan residing together with his elder brother. Chinoso owns and manages DaddyFresh Barbing Salon at Ogboru Umuchoke by Hardel Bus Cease, Uratta.

He had responded to his elder brother’s name for him to shut his store and return dwelling earlier than daybreak owing to precarious safety scenario in Owerri and environs and as he was going dwelling within the night of Tuesday, Might 25, the police patrol personnel blocked and arrested him at gunpoint.

Based on Intersociety, Chinonso was the identical night paraded alongside 4 others as “ESN hoodlums who tried to burn down Orji Police Station.”

Three, Chukwudi Okoro, 29; he’s a shuttle bus transporter plying the Owerri-Orji route together with his apprentice. He’s from Akabo-Amata in Orji, close to Owerri, Imo State.

His spouse, Chioma, is seven months pregnant.

He and his apprentice have been heading dwelling on Might 25, having closed early on account of the precarious safety scenario in Owerri and environs after they sighted police patrol personnel capturing indiscriminately round Orji and its environs.

Ultimately, police patrol personnel blocked and arrested each of them at gunpoint. He was paraded the identical night alongside 4 others as “ESN hoodlums that tried to burn down Orji Police Station.”

One other was Casmir Ibegbulem, 40 years outdated. He’s a father of 1, expectant father of one other and a “Allow Holder” employees of an oil firm at Bonny Island in Bayelsa State and a local of Ogwa Group in Mbaitoli, Imo State.

Ibegbulem returned for the burial of his in-law, which happened on Might 28. He was in Owerri on twenty fifth to select up private objects wanted when police patrol personnel bounced on him at gunpoint and arrested him.

He was paraded the identical night alongside 4 others. Ibegbulem is married to Onyekachi who’s seven months pregnant.

Alozie Daberechi and Chigaemezu Sabastine are Owerri-based merchants and indigenes of Imo State. The 2 have been arrested by police patrol operatives on their means dwelling within the early night of Tuesday, Might 25. They have been paraded the identical night.

Smith Amadikwa; he’s husband to Ebere Amadikwa, a former chief of the Obowo Native Authorities Legislative Council beneath former Governor Rochas Okorocha and so they reside at Umuagu Seven & Half Junction, Obowo.

Based on his spouse, Smith Amadikwa has been arrested and detained since Might 12. He was mentioned to be together with his spouse and attempting to meet up with an appointment at Owerri Shoprite/ Samsung when he was arrested by the Imo State Police Command.

His spouse waited for him of their automobile to affix her again dwelling however the lengthy wait was futile.

He was among the many names labelled “ESN hoodlums that attacked Imo State Jail Headquarters” by the Imo State Police Command on Might 28.

“In all these, now we have obtained over 100 cellphone calls and messages from members of the general public testifying in favour of the kidnapped and slain residents named above. Intersociety hereby calls on the Nigeria Police Power and Nigerian Military to right away and unconditionally launch all of the residents arrested illegally.

“We urge them to desist from perpetration of frame-ups and trumped-up allegations or prices, abductions and disappearances, extrajudicial killings and different types of genocidal operations happening within the South-East,” Intersociety added.

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