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August 11, 2021
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BREAKING: Five detained Obigbo residents reported dead in army custody, 134 still missing

Posted by News Express | 11 August 2021 | 1,107 times

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•A cross section of freed Obigbo detainees

Five out of over a hundred residents of Obigbo (Oyigbo) in Rivers State secretly held at the Nigerian Army’s Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja, Niger State, have lost their lives, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) announced today, Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

A statement signed by the group’s Principal Officers; Emeka Umeagbalasi, Obianuju Igboeli, and Esq., Chidimma Udegbunam, Esq. gave the names of the victims as Thomas Ekwueme, Pius Onochie, Obinna Akapuru, Monday Ifeanyi and Tobechukwu Odoka.

Intersociety regretted that out of about 550 abducted Obigbo residents, “not less than 134 are still not independently located and are still languishing in secret military custodies, only known to the Nigerian Army.”

The rights group, however, announced the release of a fresh batch of 107 detainees. (See list below)

It said that “their release followed a court bail granted to them a week or two ago and perfection of their bail conditions. The 107 mostly Igbo Christian citizens of Obigbo residency have also successfully rejoined their families and other loved ones over nine months after they were waylaid by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on their way back from work or going to work and other legitimate social activities and abducted and disappeared.”

Intersociety recalled that soldiers “had on 21st Oct 2020 invaded the Obigbo part of Rivers State following the State-wide broadcast by Governor Nyesom Wike who hastily and maliciously accused the Indigenous People of Biafra of masterminding the EndSARS protests in the State that led to death of dozens of civilians and security personnel and destruction of some public properties. The Governor had played into the hands of the lopsidedly composed Nigerian Army which cashed in on his broadcast to lay the area under siege and go on killing spree leading to the death of not less than 102 civilians in two months, during which no fewer than 550 were abducted and private properties worth hundreds of millions of naira burnt or destroyed.”

The statement further said: “With the release of 107 Obigbo abductees in addition to release on 29/30th June 2021 of 26 others held by DSS and previous release of a total 283 other abductees; a total of 416 of the 550 abductees have been freed through various Court bails. In other words, not less than 134 are still not independently located and are still languishing in secret military custodies, only known to the Nigerian Army. It must be remembered that till date, the authorities of the Nigerian Army have kept mute over the abductions and disappearances; refusing to speak on why they were abducted and held in captivity for almost ten months without trial. Intersociety had in its statement of 6th July 2021 released names of the 112 abductees including the four (now five in number) that died.

“Sadly, among those 112 abductees, secretly held at the Nigerian Army’s Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja, Niger State, five have lost their lives; namely: Thomas Ekwueme, Pius Onochie, Obinna Akapuru, Monday Ifeanyi and Tobechukwu Odoka.”

Below are the names and states of origin of those recently released in Suleja-Abuja.

            NAMES          AGES STATE

            Benjamin Eze  27        ANAMBRA

            Paul Uwazieike           22        ABIA

            Humphrey vickie         38        EBONYI

            Peter Umeze    20        IMO

            OdemgboIsreal           26        ANAMBRA

            Prince Achi     30        ABIA

            Wie Gift          25        EBONYI

            KamsoIgnatus 27        ANAMBRA

            Chibuike Ochi 29        ANAMBRA

            Bobo Ochi       32        IMO

            Mensah Boniface        44        ENUGU

            Elechi Sylvester          29        ENUGU

            AmadiChinasa                     30           IMO

            Okeke Zachariah         41        IMO

            Mebechi Justice           35        ABIA

            AnwulukaDieide         22        EBONYI

            Alphonsus white         47        EBONYI

            Saturday Amonwa      24        EBONYI

            Daniel Onwubiko        31        IMO

            SupuruOnochie           22        IMO

            Clifford Francis          25        ABIA

            EmekaUgbochi           26        ABIA

            EchefunaUchenna       24        ABIA

            Anthony Okpara         31        IMO

            Godswill Ike   30        IMO

            IkennaAbuoma           29        ENUGU

            Paul Nwille     28        ABIA

            Okochi Emmanuel      27        ANAMBRA

            Richard Okoli 28        ANAMBRA

            Imma Sunny    27        ANAMBRA

            Johnson Akabuku       26        IMO

            MichealAzubuike        24        EBONYI

            Oku Confidence         22        EBONYI

            Mark Uche      22        EBONYI

            Mr Dominic Asiema    20        ABIA

            Freedom Acalpu         21        ABIA

            Nsikak Friday 20        EBONYI

            ChinonsoAmaechi       25        EBONYI

            Bright Sunday 26        ABIA

            OkparaDinma  48        ABIA

            John Igweba    21        ABIA

            HumpheryChukwunonoso      21        EBONYI

            Boniface Uwuoma      45        IMO

            OsaretinChinda           23        ABIA

            Ekene Denison            25        EBONYI

            Emma Maduabuchi     40        ENUGU

            Chiedu Kelvin 29        EBONYI

            Osita Austin    28        ABIA

            Legit Kerere    27        IMO

            Eric Alphonsus            28        ABIA

            Iyke     37        ENUGU

            Godwin Ume  30        IMO

            ChineyezeEkpere        35        ENUGU

            Innocent Odum           37        IMO

            Pastor Uchenna           35        IMO

            Boniface Ume 30        IMO

            Gilbert 29        EBONYI

            Okafor Kingsley         28        ANAMBRA

            ChieyuranIbe  26        ABIA

            Emeka David  25        ABIA

            Sodienye Moses          24        ABIA

            OnyinyeNwokeke       23        IMO

            Monday Ogah 28        IMO

            IfeomaIgwe    26        ABIA

            ChikeJideofor 38        IMO

            ChukwudiAnyazue     35        IMO

            Chimezie         32        ENUGU

            Ayigbo            31        EVONYI

            Chijioke           29        EBONYI

            Ekene  26        IMO

            Nwude            25        ENUGU

            Vincent           28        IMO

            Ugochukusu    26        ANAMBRA

            AdrewIheme   24        IMO

            Thomas Ibekwe           22        ENUGU

            Precious Anozie          25        ABIA

            Cletus Justice  23        ABIA

            Augustine        34        ABIA

            OsitaChikwado           27        ABIA

            Adam Kennedy          29        ENUGU

            EgesiGoffrey  38        IMO

            ChidiOkeke     29        IMO

            Egbo Godwin 38        IMO

            TobechukwuUdoka    29        EBONYI

            Chineyenze Bishop     34        IMO

            AkaudoObinna           21        ENUGU

            KanyineneUche          20        IMO

            AzubuikeCalistus        32        ANAMBRA

            Victor Ugoechi           31        ANAMBRA

            OkwuNonyerem         31        IMO

            KamsoAnayo  39        IMO

            SopuruDikachi            35        ENUGU

            ChibuikeUzo   32        ENUGU

            Osuagwu Emmanuel   31        IMO

            Ojiako Bright  33        IMO

            Harrison Jude  34        IMO

            Winner Onukube         32        IMO

            Chika Dede     30        IMO

            Papa Emma     28        IMO

            Success Mba   26        IMO

            Clifford Obunneme    27        IMO

            ChieunraChukwuma   38        ENUGU

            Ekweme Thomas         36(Dead)         IMO

            Pius Onochie   32(Dead)         ENUGU

            ObinnaAkapuru          28(Dead)         IMO

            Monday Ifeanyi          27(Dead)         IMO


Source: News Express


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