Oyigbo Shootings, Killings: “Police Shot My Dead Girlfriend” – Monday Bakor
Clashes with Oyigbo: “Nigerian security forces killed my girlfriend”
Chioma Obianinwa BBC News Igbo, Lagos
03 November 2020
Nigeria’s security forces carry out extrajudicial killings in Oyigbo, say residents in a town in southern Rivers State.
They blame the army for the revenge killings after authorities said three police officers and six soldiers were killed by members of a banned separatist group.
Amnesty International also reported that it had received reports of “soldiers invading homes” and that “some residents reported seeing bodies in the street, allegedly killed by soldiers”.
Bakor, 36, told BBC Igbo on Monday that police killed his fiancée Queen Nwazuo on October 22 as they both closed their salons.
“I saw a policeman wearing [a] Red Hat. Before I realized it, I heard a very loud sound, not in the air, right in the store. The bullet broke through the iron door and hit it, ”he said.
“I took her to the hospital, where it was confirmed that she was dead,” he added.
Police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni told the BBC there were no reports of the incident.
Mr Bakor said he could not do this due to the 24-hour curfew in the area and indicated that nearby police stations had been burned.
What is the problem?
Authorities say Biafran’s indigenous Ipob, banned as a terrorist organization in 2017 by the federal government of Nigeria, attacked security officials in Oyigbo as tensions escalated following #EndSars protests against police brutality in the country.
Ipob members have had fatal clashes with Nigerian intelligence agencies in the past.
Ipob seeks independence for Igbo-speaking parts of southeastern Nigeria. The civil war in the area from 1967 to 1970 claimed the lives of about a million people.
Oyigbo is the famous Ipob citadel.
On October 21, two police stations and a hospital in the area were set on fire in widespread chaos after protesters against police brutality were killed outside the Lecchi toll station in Lagos.
Encouraged by their leader Nnamdi Kanu, Ipob members are accused of attacking security personnel in eastern Nigeria.
Clashes with the army in Abiya State extended to the neighboring town of Oyigbo in Rivers State.
Ipob activists are accused of setting fire to three police stations in the area and killing three police officers after one of them was killed during a protest at Oyigbo Police Station.
What does the government say?
Rivers State Governor Niesom Vicke imposed a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo on Oct.23 as violence threatened to spiral out of control, but said on Monday that no soldiers were killing people in the area.
“It is wrong for soldiers to go from house to house to kill.
“When the IPOB killed the army officers, they took their weapons. It’s okay for them [army] to get those guns back. In any case, the death of soldiers has consequences, ”said Mr. Wieck on Monday.
Last month, the governor banned rallies in the state ahead of the peaceful #EndSars protest, but protesters challenged him by heading to the government building in the state capital, Port Harcourt, and getting him to talk about them.
Mister. Vic said the authorities did not target any ethnic group in the state, but the activities of Ipoba.
Hypob demonstrations are prohibited in the state. Mr Wyck recently awarded a 50 million naira ($ 130,000; £ 100,000) bounty to the group leader.
“This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, religion, mission and activities are also strongly condemned by the government and the peoples of the country’s southeastern states,” he said.
Army spokesman Major Charles Ekeocha also denied that soldiers went door to door and killed people, telling a local radio station that an operation was underway in Oyigbo, but the soldiers did not take. targeting people.
“People are spreading information based on their interests, but when you research it, you find it is not true,” he told Nigeria’s government radio.
What are the last ones?
Civil society groups in the state have asked the governor to lift the curfew so that residents can gain access to supplies and other supplies.
One of the residents, Bani Jackris, told BBC correspondent Karine Igonikon that it was difficult to get the basic necessities.
“There was no way to go buy food or get money, and security patrols block it everywhere and they chased people to get inside if they got out,” he said.