From COLLINS EZEJI, Owerri
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that most of the ‘Biafrans’ abducted from Obigbo in Rivers State last year, and “some of the ones being abducted from Imo State” are being detained “in various secret detention centres in Kaduna and other secret security cells in Kaduna and Abuja” by the Nigerian army and DSS, urging families of such missing persons to go in search of them in Kaduna.
According to IPOB, the abductions followed the incessant attacks and raids on South East communities by soldiers and DSS operatives who “constantly kill and maim innocent Biafrans” while those who are lucky to be alive are abducted and taken to secret cells located all over Northern Nigeria.
Accordingly, the self-determination group, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, has called ‘Biafrans’ “with any case of missing family member to go to Kaduna State and check if they could be found there,” explaining that it had come to the group’s notice “that some of those abducted from Obigbo in Rivers State last year as well as some of the Biafrans being abducted in Imo State are also in various secret detention centres in Kaduna and Abuja.”
“It has come to the knowledge of IPOB that about 95 innocent citizens of Obigbo were discovered in Kaduna, 257 others kidnapped from Orlu Imo State…were discovered in different secret Army cells in Abuja. Some Orlu residents abducted by soldiers were discovered in Kaduna prisons but some 257 others are still missing,” IPOB alleged in the statement by Comrade Powerful, adding: “Members of the public are also invited to go and check their missing ones in different army detention centres in Abuja.”
“IPOB intelligence unit will not relent in the efforts towards unravelling the various secret cells and detention facilities where our people are hidden and locked up to rot away in Northern Nigeria,” vowed the self-determination group in the statement by Comrade Powerful. (Our people are being locked up and tortured in different parts of Northern Nigeria because) “Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State are doing the bidding of their slave masters because of political position. We are seriously surprised how these men (are content to use) the blood of their people to bargain for political power.
“We, therefore, put the world on notice of the fresh discovery of 95 abducted Obigbo and Orlu residents including six females and 89 males in Kaduna Prisons and secret cells in Abuja. We discovered newly army abductees, including one Ugochukwu, who, we discovered, died as a result of severe torture. Over 257 others are still missing till today following the treachery of Hope Uzodinma and Nyesom Wike.
“IPOB is urging world leaders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other reputable Human Rights Organisations in the world to take note of these atrocities and genocidal attacks on, and humiliation of, the people of Biafra. Nigerian government, Wike and Uzodinma must be made to account for their atrocities against the people of ‘Biafra’.
“Some of the detainees were found in Obinze, Owerri; Bori Camp, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; 82 Division, Enugu, as well at army barracks in Afikpo, Ebonyi State.
“These people were detained for more than 10 months with severe torture and starvation, and later transferred to Kaduna, Abuja and other security facilities scattered in the North.
“Our people abducted by Nigerian soldiers and other security agencies are now detained at Kaduna prisons, Abacha Barracks, Mogadishu Barracks Abuja and the dreaded Abattoir barracks Abuja languishing for committing no crime against the law of Nigeria. Their only crime is because they are ‘Biafrans’.”
“Below are some of the detainees scattered across the various detention facilities under inhuman conditions:
“1) Humphrey Onyii 2) Kenechukwu Paul 3) Kacil Ude 4) Antonio Obi 5) Oluchi Nwaba 6) Ben Akachukwu 7) Mebechukwu Ifeanyi 8) Ebube Uche 9) David Akudo and 10) Namdi Ndidi 11) Francis Collins 12) Ozioma Anurika (female) 13) Odinaka Prince 14) Kingsley Obinna 15) Ekechukwu Joshua 16) Ekechukwu Paul 17) Pius Victoria (female) 18) Emmanuel Obinna 19) Kanyinene Andrew 20) Kosisochukwu Best 21) Kachi Ude 22) Uchechukwu Uba 23) Londonboy Kelvin 24) Chinedu Anwuru 25) Sunday Adaoche 26) Chika Obasi 27) Isaac Ejekwe, 28) Benjamin Orakwe 29) Maxwell Uba 30) Kenneth Erochukwu.
“Others are: 31) Mba Osigwe 32) Harrison Ezenwa 33) Boniface Nsowolu 34) Lawrence Celestine 35) Ugonna Kennedy 36) Nwadike Akolam 37) Jerry Chukwuemeka 38) Arinze Somtoochukwu 39) Anyanwu Ositadinma 40) Livinus Shedrack 41) Monday Uba 42) Ogugua Chukwuebuka 43) Prince Eze Ugochi 44) Ndubuisi Anayo 45) Bright Okafor 46) Emma Okafor 47) Henry Sopuruchukwu 48) Chika Ugwueze 49) Osinachi Jerry 50) Abraham Emeka 51) Moses Uzoma 52) Aaron Osagie 53) Onyekachi Chukwu and 54) Chukwu Prince.”
“55) Ibe Francis 56) Maduka Synagogue 57) Onyinyechi Chukwuma (female) 58) Maurine Akapu (female) 59) Ebuka Ositadinma 60) Ebere Anyanwu 61) Paulina Eberechukwu 62) Ekene Maria Chisaram (female) 63) Chibuikem Anarue 64) Success Anome 65) Richard Onyii 66) Peter Charise 67) Nwa Daddy 68) Boniface Igwe Harry 69) Chinonso Kelvin 70) Geoffrey Egemba 71) Ikechukwu Mike 72) Chike Ndurugo 73) Chima Okorie 74) David Amaefula 75) Aloysius Kalu 76) Valerian Ndubuisi 77) Kingsley Ebube 78) Chukwuebuka Aja 79) Nwabuife Henry 80) Elias Chima 81) Anthony Austin 82) Benjamin Amechi 83) Ugwunna John 84) Chisom Mbah 85) Ejikom Louis 86) Mgbeke Jasper 87) Odoh Joshua 88) Oku Solomon 89) Chidi Ugomsi and 90) Mathias Osuji, among others, totaling 95 persons, including six females (who were allegedly constantly raped by soldiers) are all detained in various detention centres across Northern Nigeria,” IPOB surmised.