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In 2015/2016, The Nigerian Army Killed About 150 Pro-Biafra Protesters And Still Denied The Murders (Details below)

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In the years 2015-2016 the Nigerian Army murdered hundreds of pro-Biafran protesters who were demanding the restoration of the sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra in the south-eastern regions of Nigeria.

The protests were started by multiple advocacy groups. Also, people living in the south-east sometimes are closely monitored by the Nigerian security agencies.

The South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) reported that many members of the pro-Biafra group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their supporters were murdered by Nigerian security operatives under the directive of the Nigerian government between August 30, 2015 and February 9, 2016.

The most notable incidents were the protests that took place in Onitsha on December 2, 2015 where about 11 people reportedly lost their lives, including 2 policemen and 9 activists; and in Aba on February 9, 2016 where six members of the secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were allegedly killed by Nigerian security forces and about 20 others arrested. Also, the Indigenous People of Biafra claimed that Nigerian soldiers clandestinely killed and burned the corpses of Biafran activists in a separate incident in Aba.

In addition to the killings, members of the Igbo ethnic group, who are at the forefront of the secessionist agitations, have been subjected to abuse, intimidation and harassment by Nigerian security operatives.

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On December 23, 2015, many Igbos returning home for Christmas celebrations from the western part of the country were detained and molested on the Onitsha Niger River Bridge for several hours by soldiers conducting stop and search operations. The gridlock occasioned by this lasted for up to twelve hours with many commuters spending the night on both ends of the bridge.

The Nigerian military and Federal Government have strenuously denied engaging in any of these acts. On 24 November 2016, Amnesty International accused Nigerian security forces of killing at least 150 Biafra’s secession peaceful advocates.

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