Angry Ohanaeze: Killers of our defenceless youths must be punished

By Editor on 01/06/2016

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A lividly angry Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday, demanded immediate arrest and prosecution of the military personnel, who took part in the killing of tens of Igbo youths between Sunday and Monday in parts of the South East.

Nothing but the immediate and drastic action, would assuage for the anger in the land, and bring justice to the innocent victims so wasted in their primes, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, said in a statement, which also demanded an immediate halt to what has become the penchant of the security operatives in the zone.

Calling on the entire world to rise in condemnation of the incident, Ohanaeze said it would no longer continue to tolerate the killing of ndigbo in the country, while calling on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency set up an inquiry into the causes of the deaths recorded during the incident.
The highest decision-making body of ndigbo, dismissed the angle of the military that it acted in self-defence, saying contrary to the story that the protesting groups bore arms and had provoked the attack, the groups were non-violent and were therefore unarmed while being massacred by security forces.


The youths, members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were marking the anniversary of Biafra were killed in their scores, during the event on Monday in Onitsha.

The Ohanaeze statement, issued from its headquarters in Enugu and signed by the Secretary General, Dr Joe Nworgu, condemned the attack, saying the body could no longer be comfortable with unprovoked blood-letting of Ndigbo in Nigeria, a people who he said, believed so much in the spirit of competition to tend towards violence.
Part of the statement read: “We are traumatised by the outrageous killing of the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)  and MASSOB in cold blood in the early hours of Monday, 30th May 2016 and then in the afternoon of same day.
“We are unimpressed and unconvinced by the talk of provocation. What level of provocation will warrant the firing of tear gas, without first calling on a crowd, legal or illegal to disperse? The tear gas was followed by a salvo of gunfire with live-bullets No, No, No.
“All Nigerians and indeed all people who like humanity must condemn in its entirety this heinous display of brutality. This is everything excerpt gallantry.
“The two organisations are sworn believers in non-violence. They say, and we believe them, that they were totally unarmed at the times of the onslaughts.
“The Igbo nation is outraged and condemns these killings in the strongest terms. Such should never happen whether under military dictatorship or democracy. Ndigbo are known democrats from time
immemorial. We believe in competition. We are not a violent people.
“Consequently, Ohanaeze calls on the Anambra State Government to immediately set up an investigative panel to get the record of what occurred.

“The Federal Government also should set up its own inquiry to give the world the true picture. This is necessary so that justice is seen to be done. We are unhappy with the continued blood-letting visited on our people and want such nefarious events to cease forthwith.”
The body said it condoled with the families of those killed and sympathised with the injured, praying that the incident did not repeat anywhere in Igboland.




Posted on June, 1 2016

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