It was gathered that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has welcomed the recent report published by Amnesty International, AI, detailing the alleged killing of 150 pro-Biafra activists by Nigerian soldiers, but pointed out that the figure was not a true reflection of number of its members killed from August 2015 till date, which is the period the report covered.
It declared that, within the period, over 2000 of its members have been killed, with another 750 still missing.
A statement issued on Thursday by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, commended AI for standing bold to condemn the crime against humanity as committed by the government of Nigeria and her security agencies, but urged the body and other relevant human rights organizations like the Human Right Watch to make more enquiries and investigations into the barbaric killings against IPOB members.
According to the statement, “In IPOBs records and statistics department gathered from all parts of Biafraland we have over 2000 members killed, 750 missing since then till date we have not seen their dead bodies and we are still searching for them, we also have 567 members undergoing medical treatment in different hospitals.
“In the same vein, we have 370 people under going severe torture in different prisons and security cells across the country from hands of security agents.
“As we are talking right now the DSS and other security agencies in Nigeria are still searching for the members of IPOB across the country, some are still in the DSS secret cells since six months now without taking them to court while they were all keeping incommunicado in different places.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army had earlier debunked claims by the global human rights watchdog that its men killed over 150 pro-Biafran protesters, stating that the allegation is an “outright attempt to tarnish the reputation of the security forces in general and the Nigerian Army in particular, for whatever inexplicable parochial reasons.”