Onitsha, Japanese Nigeria, 8th Nov 2019: The authorities of the Nigerian Military have launched into indiscriminate arrests in Aba and environs, resulting in dozens arrested, tortured and dehumanized; criminally and falsely labeled together with being immediately tagged “kidnappers” and “IPOB terrorists”. All these arrested on Tuesday, 5th Nov 2019, numbering over 45, had been jam-packed in not lower than 5 Military Hilux vans and sighted taken to the Isi-Ala-Ngwa Military Checkpoint within the outskirt of Aba. Others had been additionally seen by eyewitnesses in Military Hilux vans heading to the Ngwa Excessive College operational headquarters of the 144 Battalion, Aba.
Until at present, it’s not independently ascertained if they’re useless or alive as they’re presently held in unknown areas with out trial or unconditional launch. It’s strongly feared that the arrested truck pushers, newspaper free readers and distributors; tricycle riders, merchants, artisans and passers-by are more than likely to be paraded in coming days because the “kidnappers”, “armed robbers”, “cultists”, “IPOB terrorists”, “cross border bandits” and “fleeing Boko Haram terrorists/commanders” or “Boko Haram logistics suppliers” the Nigerian Military and the Protection Headquarters are “looking for”.
‘Free Newspaper Readers’, who’re dominant within the checklist of the arrested residents In Aba are sturdy social enlightenment clusters in Nigeria. Composed largely of artisans, merchants, business tricycle, bike and commuter bus riders/drivers and passers-by with little or no formal technique of identification, they often emerge at Newspaper Stands from far and close to to freely learn and analyze social happenings together with native, regional, nationwide and worldwide breaking information. Lots of them, owing to difficulties in tracing their identities and residences might find yourself being killed by troopers further judicially or tortured to loss of life or made to vanish completely from army custodies.
This assertion of ours, due to this fact, is a preemptive one, extra so when indications are excessive and robust that the authorities of the Nigerian Military below 14 Brigade, Ohafia and 82 Division, Enugu will in coming days publicly parade them as “kidnappers”, “IPOB terrorists” or “fleeing Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists/commanders” or “Boko Haram logistics suppliers” arrested “in their various new hideouts in the Southeast Nigeria”.
The Nigerian public and members of the int’l group should due to this fact, be careful and be at alert. No Military assertion coming from its so referred to as “OPI” notably within the Southeast have to be taken severe or digested with out elevating legitimate questions of how, why, what, the place and when. The Military and the Protection Headquarters should even be made to grasp that it’s a lot simpler to inform lies however a herculean activity to defend them.
Intersociety and all individuals of conscience are additionally keenly ready for Nigerian Military to unveil the names of captured “fleeing Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists/commanders who have abandoned their enclaves in the Northeast and relocated to Southern Nigeria” together with Igbo Land. Because the Military mentioned it’s performing primarily based on ‘gathered intelligence’, Nigerians are ready anxiously to listen to such names as ‘Abubakar’, ‘Abdullahi’, ‘Mohammed’, ‘Ibrahim’, ‘Usman’, and many others; arrested as fleeing Boko Haram terrorists/commanders now relocated and hiding or dwelling in Igbo Land and different components of Southern Nigeria.
The independently anticipated Military media convention and parade are more likely to be made in coming days as “part of its public updates on progress or successes so far recorded”. The illegally and unlawfully arrested residents are additionally more likely to be repetitively falsely accused or labeled through the media parade together with putting violent gadgets (i.e. army rifles and different prohibited and un-prohibited weapons) and cultural insignias as “violent and terrorist items recovered from the arrested hoodlums and terrorists”. That is extra so when the Military was just lately compelled on the Nationwide Meeting public listening to to reveal that “the Operation Positive Identification” was “targeted and still targeted at the Southeast, though not a war zone”.
The Military was additionally compelled by public strain to reveal individually that “the Operation Positive Identification was botched”. In different phrases, its unique intent was sabotaged. Nigerians from all walks of life additionally strongly opposed the operation going by genocidal experiences recorded in earlier operations in Southeast and South-south the place a number of tons of, all defenseless, unarmed and harmless had been massacred; with tons of of others maimed and incapacitated for all times. Intersociety had first raised a number of alarms that the continuing operation, as was the case in Sept 2017, was faked and camouflaged together with being given a faux nationwide outlook.
Background Of The Military Arrest & Dehumanization
In a collection of broad day and late night arrests carried out in numerous components of Aba on Tuesday, 5th Nov 2019, no fewer than 45 harmless and defenseless residents had been arrested, tortured and dehumanized; criminally and falsely labeled earlier than taken away to undisclosed areas. From our monitored and verified area stories, the arrested residents included newspaper distributors and free readers, truck pushers, tricycle and bike riders, commuter bus drivers, artisans and merchants. The Tuesday’s arrest befell in no less than 5 busy areas in Aba and environs. Extra of such arrests are anticipated in coming days or perhaps weeks notably in Aba, Umuahia and Abakiliki and different mapped spots in Southeast and South-south.
At a Newspaper Stand situated at No 1 Echefu by Asa Highway, close to Cemetery Highway Market in Aba, eyewitnesses mentioned seven Military Hilux vans, 5 in Military colour and two white Hilux vans stormed the Newspaper Stand and swooped on ‘free readers’ and distributors; forcing many to scamper for security and that not lower than 5 had been arrested and dehumanized earlier than taken away. All of the seven Army Hilux vans didn’t bear plate numbers. Out of the 5 arrested, two had been recognized as Citizen Sunday Elom, a business tricycle rider dwelling at Opobo Highway by Ugbo-Hill, Aba and Mr. Ugochukwu, a truck pusher at Cemetery Highway Market, Aba.
At one other Newspaper Stand situated alongside Opobo Highway by Ogbo-Hill Junction, eyewitnesses mentioned not lower than ten ‘free readers’ and others had been arrested by troopers identical day. At No 50 St Michael Highway, troopers stormed Newspaper distribution spot within the space with 5 Hilux vans. Three of the vans had been loaded with arrested residents; arrested at numerous newspaper stands and different busy public spots in Aba. Newspaper distributors within the space had been molested and warned to cease promoting native and nationwide newspapers or dailies carrying “Biafra news”.
The troopers additionally took time going spherical all of the Newspaper Stands within the space to extract and seize any carrying “Biafra stories”. In the top, not lower than twenty extra residents had been arrested and compelled to take photos whereas holding ‘Biafra Newspapers’. The arrested had been later bundled away to undisclosed areas. Extra unlawful and illegal arrests and related ill-treatments had been reported identical day at Ariaria Market Junction and Union Financial institution Junction the place eyewitnesses noticed not lower than 5 Military Hilux vans jam-packed with dozens of harmless and defenseless residents heading in the direction of Isi-Ala-Ngwa Military Roadblock.
Normal Harassment Of Residents At Roadblocks & Different Public Arenas
Vacationers and different highway customers in Southeast and South-south are being harassed and maltreated with reckless abandon by troopers and different Army personnel and personnel of the Nigeria Police Drive. Other than being stopped and delayed for hours for search and extortion, residents’ rights to privateness, expression and communications are indiscriminately being trampled upon.
Citizen Chinedu Okenmmiri, an Aba primarily based petty dealer/hawker utilizing his wheel truck, was making calls by the facet of his wheel truck parked by the roadside alongside Union Financial institution Junction by Okpu-Umuobu space of Aba. As the decision was occurring, a patrol staff of Police SARS hooked up to Eziama Police Station sighted and swooped on him, seizing his telephone on the method. On illegally shopping his telephone, they noticed the display saver bearing the face of a white woman. He was immediately branded “419” or advance charge fraudster and accused of ‘severally duping white foreigners’. He was clamped into detention at Eziama Police Station and requested to pay “N2m” cuts. In the top, when his captors discovered that he was a pauper, they compelled him to cough out N10, 000 as ‘bail fee’. These are simply to say however a couple of.
Calling For Unconditional Launch Of All The Arrested
We name on Performing the GOC, 82 Division, Brig Gen Lasisi Adegboye and his subordinate Commander of 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Brig Gen Solomon Babatunde Kumapayi to launch unconditionally and as a matter of uttermost immediacy all of the harmless, unarmed and defenseless residents arrested since or earlier than 1st Nov 2019 in Aba and different components of Abia State in addition to others more likely to have been arrested in numerous components of the Southeast.
The Nigerian Military should desist from additional illegal arrests and related ill-treatments and focus on “pursuing or tracking down the real terrorists including jihadist Fulani Herdsmen, Zamfara Bandits and Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists”. Brig Gen Adegboye have to be reminded that Individuals of the Southeast together with rights teams haven’t forgotten the ignoble roles he deliberate within the Sept 2017 Military Python Dance 11 when he held sway on the 82 Division as “the Garrison Commandant”; throughout which no fewer than 180 unarmed, harmless and defenseless residents had been massacred and over 130 others maimed and incapacitated for all times.
For: Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Regulation
Chidinma Udegbunam, Esq., Chinwe Umeche, Esq., Ndidiamaka Bernard, Esq., Obianuju Pleasure Igboeli, Esq., Samuel Kamanyaoku and Emeka Umeagbalasi
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