23 February 2017
Amnesty International Nigeria, AI, has accused the Nigerian Military of killing 150 pro-Biafra agitators in the South-East.
In a report released on Wednesday by its Media Manager, Isa Sanusi, AI claimed the Military and other security agencies embarked on arbitrary arrest and extra-judicial execution of people in the South East.
The report alleged that security agencies were currently holding many pro-Biafra protesters incommunicado.
According to the report, “In south-east Nigeria, security forces led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances.
“Many individuals are still being detained incommunicado while state security agents have killed at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters.”
Condemning the arrest of at least 10 journalists, AI claimed there appeared to be an attempt to “suffocate freedom of expression.”
The report added, “The past year has also seen a disturbing rise in arrests and intimidation of media professionals and activists in Nigeria.
“At least ten journalists and bloggers were arrested in 2016, some for alleged connections to Boko Haram.
“In January, members of the Nigerian army raided the editorial offices of Premium Times and arrested journalists Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu. They were subsequently released but the move sent a clear message to intimidate journalists and the media.”
This is coming at a time when the Defence headquarters denied earlier report by the body saying military killed 240 people, including babies in Borno and 177 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the South East.