by Mgbeke Obi
When the video of Nigerian military shooting of IPOB members during a prayer session went viral, some people had doubts about the authenticity of the video, and asked this question, “Where are the victims?”
These are picture (See gallery below) taken at a burrow pit located at a dump site along PH/Aba Road. Scavengers saw this sight and called the attention of IPOB leadership to it. Investigations are ongoing, but 8 of the IPOB members arrested and taken away from the prayer ground have been identified. Their hands were tied behind them with torn Biafran flag, they were shot at close range and some chemicals were poured on their bodies before they were dumped.
Warning: The pictures in this story are of are graphic nature and could be disturbing to some viewers.
Who did this? I will tell you. The chief culprit is a team of soldiers of the 144 Battalion located in Asa, Ukwa Ngwa West LGA of Abia State under the command of Lt Col Kasim Umar Sidi. The soldiers shot at the protesters with live bullets. They took the bodies away, together with those they arrested.
Their accomplices are the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, Abia State Command, headed by CP Habila Hosea (08037025670); aided by Aba Area Commander, ACP Peter Nwagbara (08184087787) and joined by personnel of the Nigerian Navy Command (Finance & Logistics Command), Owerre-Nta in Abia State.
On 9th February 2016, people who were praying in a field were shot and killed. 22 unarmed, innocent and non violent members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at the National High School along Port Harcourt Road in Aba, Abia State.
And there’s no media outcry. None whatsoever. There’s no outrage!
And you that feel untouched, unconcerned about this, I want to ask you, “Do you really think this cannot come to you?”. Then think again!
Mgbeke Obi is a graduate of the University of Nigeria. She writes from Lagos. Connect with her on Facebook.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.