Press release after an emergency meeting of the executives of Igbo Community Russia held 26th, August, 2020
Igbo Community Russia condemns in the strongest terms possible the killing of Igbo Youths and IPOB members holding meeting session in Emene Community, their home town in Enugu State.
We are particular about this introduction because the Police Commissioner of Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Abdulrahman described the boys as IPOB miscreants and hoodlums, who clashed with the police and paraded some 5 young men as criminals rather than telling the world the truth.
The linked videos have proved that joint military officers, as the police commissioner confirmed, raided the venue in Emene community where Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB were holding their peaceful and harmless meeting simply “exercising a lawful gathering”.
We can see that the boys bear no arms and ammunition as claimed by the police commissioner.
The police commissioner proved the sinister motive of the police to disperse the Igbos by alleging that the IPOB members held 2 Secret Police officers from the DSS hostage and that the mission of the joined military operation was to rescue the officers.
We ask the police commissioner to come up with a verifiable proof of the officers held in captivity. He also claimed that IPOB members held some police officers hostage in a building.
All of these allegations call for inquiry and we are calling on Enugu State Governor Mr Ugwuanyi, in no uncertain terms and as a matter of priority, to set up a comprehensive Judicial Panel of Inquiry to unearth the circumstances behind the killings.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry shall among other issues investigate as follows:
– To inquire about the said meeting and where it was held
– To inquire if IPOB members were on a street protest.
– To inquire who invited the police to where the Igbo Youths gathered for their meeting.
– To inquire if they were bearing arms at the time of the raid.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry should also look into the allegations made by the Police Commissioner about the Indigenous People of Biafra members thus:
– To inquire on the claimed rampage, Shooting sporadically on the air and setting fire on the road.
– Holding 2 Secret Police Officers DSS hostage
– Holding police officers hostage in a house
– IPOB members’ killing of 2 persons
– Setting ablaze a passerby
– Hacking down of someone, who from his identity looks like a Fulani man
– That IPOB members are militants.
On this note, we urge the Inspector General of Police IGP Mr Mohammed Adamu to redeploy the Enugu State Police Commissioner Mr Ahmed Abdulrahman to avoid interference or obstruction of justice in the cause of this investigation.
We can recall with nostalgia how joined military operations have been carried out in Igbo land from Enugu to Abakiliki, Aba to Owerri, Nkpor to Ozululu, from Port Harcourt to Asaba and recklessly killing our unarmed young men and women without any provocation or at the slightest provocation.
We are not unmindful of reports on how SARS break into people’s homes at odd hours and indiscriminately arrest young Igbo men and women, detain them without charging them to court and most of the occasions murder them in cold blood, We are aware of police extrajudicial killings in Igbo land, we discovered in several occasions mass graves in our bushes and decomposed corpses littered around our bushes. We have observed how joint military operations are building checkpoints on every inch of Igbo land and we are unequivocally saying that enough is enough.
It is disheartening to note that Igbo lands have become a hunting ground for the Nigerian military, it has become prohibited to gather for a meeting in Igbo land, Igbo land has become a theatre of killing and we are saying that such unsavoury repression of our people will no longer be tolerated again. Igbos will not be tagged a terrorist race. We will never again accept the terrorist tag on Igbos.
We are therefore warning that Igbos worldwide will not fold their hands and watch the military or the government unwarrantedly, tagging the Igbos as terrorists so as to indiscriminately kill our young men and women, this impunity of killing MUST stop.
We seize this opportunity to condole the families of those martyred, we console the Indigenous People of Biafra and Igbos in general and warn that Igbos will stop at nothing to protect Igbo land.
Mazi Uchechukwuka Moweta
PRO, Igbo Community Russia
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