Edward Onyiro and Others still Still missing,16 Shot IPOB Members Dead,Says Group


A group, Internation­al Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, has alleged that four more members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who were
shot by soldiers during a recent protest in Aba, Abia State.The protest embarked on by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over the prolonged detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday, turned bloody in Aba, Abia State, as a combined team of security agents, comprising soldiers and policemen allegedly fired shots at the protesters, killing six members of the group and arresting 20. Also in Enugu, the Police  in the state yesterday, arrested 25 members of the  IPOB, who had gathered at the Naira Triangle in preparation for a protest march.  We gathered that the protesters had, as early as 9 am, converged at National High School, along Port Harcourt-Aba road, from where they usually march to other areas of the city when security agents swooped on them. Sources said the IPOB members were in prayer session when the soldiers and their  police  counterparts invaded the area and arrested some leaders of the group. In the confusion, several protesters were injured while 10 were feared dead.an Eye witness told us that the casualty figure would have been higher had some of the protesters not escaped. According to them,“the protesters as usual, gathered at the school to pray before taking off, but soldiers and policemen invade the area. There was heavy shooting. I saw more than three dead people. Many others were injured.” The situation caused tension in the area as shop owners and residents scampered to safety. Motorists avoided the stretch between Crystal Park Hotel junction and National High School in order not to be caught in the crossfire. An IPOB  official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the security agents arrested the group’s Aba Coordinator and still looking for Okigwe's Cordinator identified as Onyiro ifeanyi, from Okigwe local government Imo,State. The young Ifeanyi is said to be  a son to one of the late Leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB Identified as Edward Onyiro, Onyiro ifeanyi is said to have been missing and wanted by the police since the last raid in 2013
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                                  last seen picture of  Ifeanyi Onyiro
The official, disclosed that 20 IPOB members were being detained and some are still wanted by the Police,The main cause of the Raid is that the IPOB members said they would not relent until their detained leader is released as well as the actualization of an independent state of Biafra, adding that the protest would continue until Friday. At the time of filing this report, over 30 members of the group were reportedly receiving attention at various hospitals in the city. When we visited the area, stern looking soldiers and policemen were seen at strategic positions while a convoy over 30 patrol vans later took the arrested protesters away. Contacted on phone, spokesman of the Abia State Police command, DSP Ezekiel Onyeke, told Us that he was yet to be briefed on the incident. Enugu protest The protest march which they had tagged “mother of all protest marches” was nipped in the bud by security agents who stormed the venue where they were trooping in numbers. The Naira Triangle was almost covered with a sea of heads when the security operatives struck and dispersed them. Canisters of tear gas were shot at the gathering which snowballed into physical show of strength between the IPOB members and security agents. But for the application of extreme professional caution by the security agents, the fracas could have  resulted in many loss of lives. Although many of the IPOB members sustained injuries, many took to their heels as the police released shots of tear gas into the crowd. The media and publicity officer of IPOB, Emma Powerful decried the attitude of the security agents towards its members, saying the group is not a violent group and were  assembling for a  peaceful protest march. Groups condemn killings Detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in court, yesterday. Civil society organizations in Abia State under the auspices of Abia Human Rights Agenda yesterday condemned what it described as the killing of defenceless protesters in Aba. The group called on the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase to cause investigation into the dastardly acts and prosecute those found culpable, to serve as a deterrent to others. Addressing newsmen in Aba, the group; Foundation for Environmental Rights and Advocacy, FENRAD; Society for Economic Rights and Social Justice, SERSJ; Human Rights, Justice and Peace Foundation, HRJPF; 

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