IPOB claims police killed 200 of its members
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has released a message alleging that 200 of its members who participated in the solidarity rally for President Donald Trump have been abducted and presumed dead.
Pro-Biafra agitators staged a rally celebrating the inauguration of Trump as President of the US on Friday, January 20 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state but it turned sour when they were confronted by security operatives.
The grouped claimed 11 of its members were killed although this was refuted by the Rivers state police command which explained that it has the mandate to maintain peace and that minimal force was used and that only 53 members of the group were arrested.
However in a statement by Emma Powerful who is the spokesperson of the group, he said apart from the 11 that were killed, 200 more were abducted and presumed dead.
: “We the Indigenous People of IPOB and its leadership worldwide, wish to use this medium to correct the erroneous impression that we carried out a protest.
“What IPOB did on 20th of January 2017 in Igweocha Port Harcourt, Rivers State was a peaceful rally in solidarity with the newly elected President of the United States of America Mr. Donald J Trump, who took oath of office in Washington D.C.
“This solidarity rally in support of President Donald J Trump was announced by IPOB Worldwide on the 16th day of January 2017 by our media team and the contents of that announcement was unambiguous and could not conceivably be misunderstood or misrepresented to mean protest as has been erroneously reported by certain sections of the media.
“The event was scheduled and announced as a rally and not a protest. We would also like to place it on record that IPOB worldwide has confirmed that more than 11 Biafrans died as a result of the unprovoked, brutal and unwarranted military assault on our members during this peaceful rally.
“Many more are in hospitals receiving treatment with over 200 abducted presumed dead. It is incumbent on the civilized world to prevail on the regime of President Buhari to release the dead bodies and those they abducted; and to refrain from abducting those receiving treatment in hospitals.
“IPOB Family Units, whose members are missing, are advised to forward their names to our secretariat.”
He added that IPOB lawyers were trying to locate those taken to Bori camp at Rumuola, the State CID, Port Harcourt and SOS Police Station at Miniokoro off Old Aba Road and get them released.