The Indigenous People of Biafra has reacted to the Nigerian army denial of shooting of some of their members during their January 21st rally in Port Harcourt, describing it as an attempt at further misinforming the public.
In a statement signed by IPOB spokespersons, Barrister Emma Nmezu and Mr Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, the group accused the Nigerian army of perfecting a ‘kill and deny tactics’, wondering why the army that even international rights group have consistently labelled as ‘perennial liars incapable of ever telling the truth when it comes to their culpability in the mass execution of unarmed civilians’ should now be laying a claim at honesty.
The group also revealed that before they embarked on the January 21st rally, they had written to security agencies, foreign embassies, media organisations, and specifically the Rivers state Commissioner of Police informing them of their plan, and asked why the army would go against the Nigerian constitution that they are fond of quoting and start using live ammunitions on peaceful and unarmed civilians.
“…A protest is not an “armed rebellion“ that will warrant deployment of “troops of 29 Battalion of Nigerian Army“ with a mandate to fire live bullets at peaceful and unarmed civilians.”
The statement read.
“May we ask…why the same deployment of troops with the mandate to slaughter, was not carried out on those who protested against President Trump in Abuja on the same date? How come troops were not deployed to shoot and kill civilians during the recent “anti-Buhari“ protest that was led by the likes of Charles Oputa a.k.a. Charlie Boy? Why must the Hausa Fulani dominated Islamic Nigerian Army and Police regard every IPOB assembly or rally as an opportunity to embark upon some kind of mini Jihad designed to kill as many non Muslims as possible?”
The statement asked.
IPOB revealed that they had captured the Port Harcourt rally on videos, and advised the Nigerian army to stop thinking that they could hide their atrocities behind ‘hurriedly and a haphazardly written press statement’, and rather ‘should be more concerned with how to fortify their defence before the Judges at ICC in The Hague.’