Four of the over 100 residents of Obigbo space in Rivers State who had been raided by the Nigerian Army and detained at its Commando Base in Suleja, Niger State, have been reported useless.
SaharaReporters learnt that the victims, who had been residents and youths labelled as Indigenous People of Biafra members, had been arrested by Nigerian Army between November and December 2020, and later discovered to be in a base in Niger State.
The 4 deceased residents are recognized as Ekweme Thomas, Pius Onochie, Obinna Akapuru and Monday Ifeanyi.
It shouldn’t be clear but whether or not they had been sick or tortured to demise; died of hunger or lack of medical care.
According to a civil group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, the households and legal professionals of many of the victims had “not been allowed to see them till date, and neither have they been charged to court nor given fair trial and fair hearing.”
SaharaReporters had requested to satisfy with the households of the 4 deceased detainees, however efforts are on to find their members of the family.
“Four of them have died. The 112 are mostly Igbo civilian citizens of Obigbo residency; they have for almost nine months remained in the Nigerian Army’s Alpha Military Commando Base located along Bida-Suleja Road, Bida in Niger State. They have also been held secretly without administrative or court bail,” a high official of a civil group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, revealed to SaharaReporters.
SaharaReporters had on Tuesday printed the names of about 112 residents of Obigbo space in Rivers State who had been raided by the Nigerian Army and detained at its Commando Base in Suleja.
Intersociety had stated in its report despatched to SaharaReporters, “Following the discovery of some secret locations where the abductees were taken to and held, in addition to public and media outcries and efforts of Barrister Richard Okoroafor, Intersociety and leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, 283 were judicially rescued and over 270 have remained in secret custody of the Nigerian Army.
“Another 26 of them were secretly transferred by soldiers to DSS detention facilities in Abuja. It must also be remembered that it was in the course of locating the whereabouts of the 112 Obigbo civilian abductees that Barr Richard Okoroafor, an International Human Rights Lawyer, narrowly escaped being assassinated on February 25, 2021, by killer operatives suspected to be working for the government along the Suleja-Abuja Highway.
“The lawyer’s mother was also on May 19 assassinated by suspected hired gunmen at the entrance of her residence in Ekiti State.”
SaharaReporters had on February 23 reported that about 50 ladies allegedly raided by the Nigerian Army in the course of the disaster in Obigbo, Rivers State, final October, had been pressured to put on the identical set of underwear for 4 months in navy detention.
The Intersociety had additionally said at the moment that there have been fears that among the women, who had been just lately freed after a protracted authorized intervention, may have infections corresponding to sexually transmitted ailments as a few of them claimed to have been serially raped.