The May 30 Biafran Remembrance Day which the Indigenous People 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 a few of the residents who have been raided by the police and the military, labelled and paraded as belonging to IPOB or its militant arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
A report by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a civil society and analysis group detailed a few of the accounts of those victims of military and police harassment and supplied their images solely additionally to SaharaReporters.
The civil society famous that previously one week, “not less than 30 open and secret killings by soldiers and police had taken place with most in Imo State where scores of corpses have been freshly traced to the mortuaries of the government medical centres.”
Among the various 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 May 12, by troopers of 144 Battalion of 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, 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. Till now, each Awurum and Ekechukwu have remained within the army detention on the Abacha (Mogadishu) Barracks in Abuja.
“Contrary to the army’s claims, Mr. Eze Awurum was framed up by his community’s traditional ruler (Eze Onyenagbaru) over a dispute involving a parcel of ancestral land leading to him being abducted and framed as “ESN second-in-command,” the Intersociety report mentioned.
Two, John Chinonso, 24; he’s from Nchoko Dikenafai Community in Ideato South, Imo State and lived at Apiti Street by Hardel Junction, Orji-Uratta in Owerri North, Imo State.
He is an orphan dwelling along with his elder brother. Chinoso owns and manages DaddyFresh Barbing Salon at Ogboru Umuchoke by Hardel Bus Stop, 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, May 25, the police patrol personnel blocked and arrested him at gunpoint.
According to Intersociety, Chinonso was the identical night paraded alongside 4 others as “ESN hoodlums who attempted to burn down Orji Police Station.”
Three, Chukwudi Okoro, 29; he’s a shuttle bus transporter plying the Owerri-Orji route along with his apprentice. He is 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 May 25, having closed early because of the precarious safety scenario in Owerri and environs once they sighted police patrol personnel taking pictures indiscriminately round Orji and its environs.
In the tip, police patrol personnel blocked and arrested each of them at gunpoint. He was paraded the identical night alongside 4 others as “ESN hoodlums that attempted to burn down Orji Police Station.”
Another was Casmir Ibegbulem, 40 years outdated. He is a father of 1, expectant father of one other and a “Permit Holder” employees of an oil firm at Bonny Island in Bayelsa State and a local of Ogwa Community in Mbaitoli, Imo State.
Ibegbulem returned for the burial of his in-law, which passed off on May 28. He was in Owerri on twenty fifth to select up private gadgets 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 two have been arrested by police patrol operatives on their approach dwelling within the early night of Tuesday, May 25. They have been paraded the identical night.
Smith Amadikwa; he’s husband to Ebere Amadikwa, a former chief of the Obowo Local Government Legislative Council below former Governor Rochas Okorocha they usually reside at Umuagu Seven & Half Junction, Obowo.
According to his spouse, Smith Amadikwa has been arrested and detained since May 12. He was mentioned to be along 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 automotive to hitch her again dwelling however the lengthy wait was futile.
He was among the many names labelled “ESN hoodlums that attacked Imo State Prison Headquarters” by the Imo State Police Command on May 28.
“In all these, we’ve acquired 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 Force and Nigerian Army to instantly and unconditionally launch all of the residents arrested illegally.
“We urge them to desist from perpetration of frame-ups and trumped-up allegations or charges, abductions and disappearances, extrajudicial killings and other forms of genocidal operations going on in the South-East,” Intersociety added.