Amnesty International announced that it has received disturbing information that Nigerian soldiers have engaged in alleged extra-judicial killings in Oyigbo, Rivers State and has called on the Army to stop the killings.
This was announced by the organization on Sunday evening via its official Twitter handle after news of the Oyigbo killings went viral on social media.
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—Amnesty International is receiving disturbing information from #Oyigbo, Rivers state.
—Despite the existing curfew, soldiers are allegedly invading homes.
—Some residents reported seeing dead bodies on the street, allegedly shot by soldiers. #Oyigbo #Rivers
— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) November 1, 2020
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“Amnesty International is receiving disturbing information from Oyigbo, Rivers State.
“Despite the existing curfew, soldiers are allegedly invading homes. Some residents reported seeing dead bodies on the street, allegedly shot by soldiers.
“We are calling on the military authorities to exercise restraint and stop the killings,” the organization tweeted.
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BREAKING: We're concerned about reports of grave human rights violations by Nigerian military in #Oyigbo, Rivers state.
We urge @MBuhari to immediately order a probe into the reports and ensure perpetrators are prosecuted.
Authorities must end attacks on Nigerians in #Oyigbo
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) November 1, 2020
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What you should know
On October 21st, 2020. The Rivers State Governor declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station and other facilities were attacked by hoodlums. The Governor added that Rivers won’t allow troublemakers to take laws into their own hands and use the protest period to commit anarchy.
Wike also declared N50 million bounty for a leader of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB, in Rivers State, Stanley Mgbere. Wike accused Mgbere of “leading members of the banned IPOB to cause the recent violence and destruction of lives and property in Oyigbo Local Government Area (of the state).”
Wike, as a Governor, you had at your disposition various non violent means to handle the situation.You should have used mobile police, road safety and even church pastors in the area, to press your demand home. Hence these people have more influence on the masses, than begging the Federal government of Army, which you know that you don’t have control over them . Once they are there ,they take others from the president or chief of defence staff and not you.If you really think that IPOB members are to be blamed, why not investigate or at most find their local leaders and warn them ? Biafra is a movement/ideology you cannot stop, the more you act like this, the more you convince the masses that the quest for Biafra is the only way to lasting freedom. With only this act, you have spoilt all the good work you have been doing. Amechi is bad,just because he was catalyst for changing the president. But he did not kill his own people to favour others. We loved you, but now Amechi is a saint to were you are. His hands are free of his people’s blood. I am ashamed to call you my Governor. Go and beg your Obigbo peole. Which you have abandoned all these while, no roads no light ,nothing is moving there , yet they are from your STATE!! I have to cover my face in shame for voting for you. Think wisely man , you just played to the gallery.