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.
—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
“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.
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
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).”