About 50 Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) family members who were on a peaceful solidarity rally with the new President of United States of America, Donald Trump on his inauguration were shot dead by the Nigerian armed forces. The jubilant Biafrans were non violent in anyway but where brutally shot dead by trigger happy Nigerian armed forces who allegedly received orders from Abuja to shoot. The soldiers were said to be shouting “Donald Trump is a terrorist” as they shoot live bullets and tear gas at the IPOB members.
The rally took place at Igweocha, popularly known as Portharcourt the Rivers State capital. Portharcourt was a beehive of activities as the indigenous people of Biafra marched in a colorful solidarity rally bearing placards and banners with American flags, Biafran flags, Israeli flags, united nations flags etc. They were also carrying pictures of President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Vladmir Putin, the Russian President, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Benjamin Madubugwu etal [Biafrans detained alongside Nnamdi Kanu].
This rally coincided with the inauguration party of President Donald Trump at the Capitol Hill 2 days ago [20th of January 2017]. While the inauguration was going on in the US, Biafrans are gathered at Igweocha (Portharcourt) solidarizing with him. The Biafrans were seen singing songs of Redemption, with praise and encomiums to God for giving them Nnamdi Kanu, whom they describe as another saviour from God.
There were about 15 pockets of rallies by IPOB family members arriving Portharcourt from different parts of Biafraland. This was because the large numbers of Biafrans trooping into Portharcourt had to disembark from the buses conveying them as soon as they entered Portharcourt to proceed on foot as a result of characteristic traffic jam in the Rivers State capital. There were 4 groups at Ikwerre road Portharcourt, while there were 7 groups along aba road. These groups were separated by the time interval between when they arrived Portharcourt. There was a group at Obigbo, a satellite town of Portharcourt. A group was seen at the Portharcourt airport road, While another group gathered at mile 1, under the bridge. Another group was coming from trans-Amadi. All these groups were marching to Rumuola Portharcourt which was the venue for the event.
The Indigenous People of Biafra supported the election of the unpopular republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump because they believe he will look into the lingering crisis between Nigeria and Biafra and support the restoration of an independent state of Biafra. This was because the Obama administration was seen to be against the Biafran agitation while supporting the northern Muslims.
Obama and David Cameron played a vital role in removing the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan who was a christian and installing a Muslim, octogenarian dictator, Muhammadu Buhari, who does not have even a secondary school certificate as the president of Nigeria, for reasons best known to them. Also the Nigerian government donated millions of dollars to the Hillary Clinton campaign organization as they are opposed to Donald Trump becoming the president of America. These and more are the reasons why the Indigenous People of Biafra supported Trump both in United States and at home hoping that he will reciprocate their goodwill when elected American President.
While the peaceful rally was going on, the Nigerian army, DSS, Police and Navy started arriving at different locations. They happened to be watching and observing what was going on at first. Therefore the Biafrans became comfortable and continued with the rallies. At around 12:45pm, the armed forces who were thought to be securing the people opened fired on the jubilant Biafrans. These security agents opened fire at different locations at almost the same time. This is believed to be the reason why IPOB accused Abuja of giving the order shoot the non violent unarmed Biafrans. As the armed forces began firing live bullets and teargas on the crowd, there was serious pandemonium as the crowd least expected that to happen. The soldiers made away with most of the corpses in order to destroy the evidence against them. Others who sustained gunshot injuries died later on. Thousands of Biafrans were abducted by the navy, police and the military in different locations as thousands of IPOB family members were reported missing in their different zones. About 50 IPOB member were confirmed dead, while hundreds of others sustained different degrees of injuries from gunshots and stampede. Police stations in Rivers State, Portharcourt prison, Army camps were all filled to the brim with Biafrans abducted from the Pro Trump Rally.
11 Dead as Police, army shot at IPOB members in solidarity rally for Donald Trump in Rivers State Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/kJyQqJNL8b
— ifeanyi Calistus (@lystechng) January 21, 2017
Unfortunately, both local and international media shamelessly falsified reports on what transpired in Portharcourt Rivers State. For example, while reporting on the brutal massacre of more than 50 jubilant Biafrans and injuring of more than 100 of others and adoption of an estimated 1500 others, on a Pro-Trump rally in Igweocha (Portharcourt) 2 days ago,a report by REUTERS published by Anamesere Igboeroteonwu and Additional reporting by Tife Owolabi in Yenagoa; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Tom Henegha stated that about 1000 Biafrans gathered in Portharcourt and went ahead to say that the Biafrans clashed with the armed forces, even though the video evidence showing that at least a hundred thousand Biafrans were on the streets of Portharcourt abound on the internet.
BIAFRA: 11 Dead as police, army shot at unarmed IPOB members in solidarity rally for Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/OiRcvJRdka
— ifeanyi Calistus (@lystechng) January 21, 2017
It was vividly visible from the videos and pictures posted from the rally that at least 100,000 people were between Waterlines Junction and Garrison Junction and similar number of people were at Ikwerre road, trying to meet up at Rumuola but were prevented by the Ak47 wielding soldiers. How on earth can someone who has no weapon clash with and a soldier shooting AK47 at him?
Video showing some of those killed IPOB Pro Trump Rally 20-01-17
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra through Radio Biafra London and a press statement signed by it’s spokesperson, comrade Emma Powerful, has called on world leaders and the United Nations to sanction Nigerian government for the senseless killing of unarmed, defenseless and non violent Biafrans. They also asked the United Nations to speedily conduct a referendum to ascertain whether the Biafrans wants to remain in Nigeria or to have an independent state of Biafra.
Video showing part of the rally
Another video showing part of the rally