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Thursday 18 February 2016


Published by Family Writers

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


Ceaseless Killing Of Unarmed Citizens In Nigeria: Why Security Chiefs Must Desist From Provoking More Insurgencies Capable Of Plunging Nigeria Into Syrian Styled Violence (Part One)

(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 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).
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 nonviolently 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 nonviolently. They are also mandatorily protected and safeguarded by the State, African Union and the United Nations. 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: On 1st December 2015.

On the 09-02-2016 10 unarmed peaceful pro-Biafra were shot dead at Aba by the Nigeria Army

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: 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: html
Reasons For Pro-Biafran Peaceful Protests: It is further recall, 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 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 nonviolent 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 advocated violence. The leading killer-security force is the Nigerian Army, followed by the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Navy.
Unarmed IPOB peaceful protester shot by Nig Police
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 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 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.
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: [email protected], [email protected]
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.
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


  1. onyekachi okoroji18 February 2016 at 09:21

    With a much deeper pain in the heart i am writing this. with tears and agony filled and mixed up with my emotions, i am dropping these sentences. it is highly disheartening that the so called world we all live in is an abject evil. Mosttimes i ask myself if people really have conscience. i ask if really the type of blood that flows in my system is the same as theirs. How can such be, what has the world turned into? are we christians still waiting for the coming of our savior jahweheshua to destroy this world? Well i dont think i am still in to believe that our savior will descend for the destruction of this earth, or are we still waiting for the so called Anti-christ to come and take over? well, i believe that mankind has already destroyed this useless but beautiful world by themselves. i kept reading and making counts of how many innocent civilians as hardcore Biafrans that were massacred and this useless good for nothing world is saying nothing about it. i thought this useless UN, EU etc formed ttheir organization so as to make the world a better place. What is really happening now? i am beginning to believe that other continents around this useless world are still seeing Africa as a place Baboons and Monkeys still live with the human body. Maybe they see it as a waste of time discussing africa matter. Ok, what about the so called AU, our own Africa union, what are they saying about Biafra agitation and the massacre accompanying it. Everyone is silent as if Buari is invinsible and a god of his kind. We are dying everyday just because we want to reclaim our lands. The useless world refused to think otherwise by atleast advising the murderous buari to negotiate with baifrans and see if we Biafrans can be giving them some percentage of the resources from our land when Biafra comes, rather they are advising them to be killing us. For what? especially Britain. May chukwu in heaven come to our rescue because our leader Nnamdi Kanu has really proven that he is a true freedom fighter. the remaining fight should come from chukwu. He said "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD" i am still holding him(CHUKWU) to his words. I am a hardcore Biafran and nothing can stop Biafra from coming this i believe. I have hated Nigeria to the extent that i quit my musical career as a Nigerian because i really know that i am highly talented musically and was about shooting a video of one of my great hits but i considered fame and asked myself "onyekachi, what if you eventually blow up as a superstar and interview is granted to you, and you are asked of your nationality, what will you say" i surely know i will never answer my interviewer as me being a Nigeria, GOD FORBID EVIL!!!!! and when i answer as a Biafran, i wonder what will be the outcome of my career knowing fully well that i serve the public both Nigeria and Biafra land. i am so so so passionate about music but i quit because of the hatred i have for Nigeria. They are barbarians i must confess. what a wicked world

  2. it is really painful to see these things happen in the world of today... Brothers and Sisters,keep praying for God knows how to work things out mysteriously.. do not be grieved but pray always ,both in praises,worship,meditation and you will see God in action .He don't want you to fight,but He will prove himself just like He did during he encounter of the wall of jericho..Keep praying brothers and sisters,the evil doers will start slumping publicly and other signs will follow.the evil men will be matched with their type in great battle soonest..JUST PRAY

  3. My brother, Okoroji, this is the truth. The whites do not see us as humans. We Africans have less value to them that animals including ordinary snakes. Think about this: once a single American journalist is held somewhere or kidnapped in a foreign land, CNN will never stop until the man is release. The same for a Briton, a Canadian, etc.
    These same whites take a man to court for killing an antelope, a lion, a squirrel or even a snake. But they find it hard to stop genocide in Africa under the cover that they do not want to interfere. They pretend not to know the differences between the people and the fact that Africa has many more nations that the rest of the world. So you can see that we are not worth more that snakes to them. That is the world of the white man.

  4. Since the big lie of no victor no vanquish in 1970 the northerners (Nigeria) always kill the EASTERNERS (BIAFRANS) in mass to continue their genocidal plans, the recent killings of BIAFRANS were not only because of IPOB non violent protest for the wrongfull detention of Nnamdi Kanu. Go to them and sing with deep tears in Igbo Language to mourn any of their heros, you will come back through underground road, they will use a piece of Qur'an as trap, when you pick by not knowing what it was and do anything with it they will cut your head off, anything that happens against their religion anywhere in the world they will burn motor pack, churches, markets, with Igbo Biafrans in them. The Groups that wrought this report you tried THANK YOU, but we(BIAFRANS) need petition against Nigeria and their rulers, we are not one. Just look at this :- IBB Umuchem Echie total anihilation , OBJ Udi Bayelsa total anihilation, and Buhari 2011 said if you win me I will make your government ungovernable, when he lost election, youth corpers were anihilated because of him. they were mostly IGBO Biafrans. too much killing of Biafrans by nigeria government. all their thoughts to Biafra are hates.


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