Global human watchdog, Amnesty International (AI) has confirmed reports from different sources that innocent, unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were brutally massacred by the Nigerian military at the home of the leader of the group, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Afara Ukwu Ibeku Umuahia on the 14th of September 2017.
According to Amnesty International 2017-2018 human rights reports released on 23rd of February 2018, at least 12 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were shot dead by the Nigerian military at Afara Ukwu Ibeku Umuahia on the 14th of September 2017.
However, the report did not outline whether the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents who were last seen on that date before the invasion, were among those killed by the Nigerian soldiers.
IPOB leadership had earlier accused Nigerian military of carrying the corpses of Biafrans they killed in other to destroy any evidence against them. IPOB stated that more than 30 of its members were killed at Kanu’s home on that date and most of their bodies were carted away by Nigerian soldiers.
An earlier report by Afroinsider.com on the 14th of September 2017 revealed that many IPOB faithfuls were shot dead at Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Umuahia, Abia State Capital.
Some Of Those Allegedly Killed By Nigerian Army At Nnamdi Kanu’s Home
Meanwhile, an IPOB official who spoke to Afroinsider reporter on condition of anonymity, revealed that Amnesty have done very well for speaking up for the oppressed but added that Amnesty report was very economical with figures. He further stated that more than 30 IPOB members shot dead by Nigerian army while the whereabout of the leader of the group Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents remains a mystery. “It is unknown whether the Nigerian military killed them and carted their corpse away or whether they are being detained somewhere as usual,” he added.
The global human rights watchdog also accused the Nigerian military of arbitrarily arresting and detaining thousands of young men, women and children.