Amnesty International Army denies killing 150 Biafra protesters

The denial was made by Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman via a statement.

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Soldiers cordon off a road leading to the scene of a blast at a business district in Abuja play Nigerian army soldiers stand guard as they cordon off a road leading to the scene of a blast at a business district in Abuja June 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
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The Nigerian Army has denied claims that it killed 150 Biafra agitators during a peaceful protest.

The allegation was made by human rights organization, Amnesty International in a new report.

The denial was made by Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman via a statement.

The statement reads:

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a planned release of a report by Amnesty International on an unfounded storyline of mass killings of MASSOB/IPOB protesters by the military between August 2015 and August 2016.”

“For umpteenth times, the Nigerian Army has informed the public about the heinous intent of this non-governmental organization which is never relenting in dabbling into our national security in manners that obliterate objectivity, fairness and simple logic.

“The evidence of MASSOB/IPOB violent secessionist agitations is widely known across the national and international domains. Their modus operandi has continued to relish violence that threatens national security.

“Indeed between August 2015 and August 2016, the groups’ violent protests have manifested unimaginable atrocities to unhinge the reign of peace, security and stability in several parts of the South East Nigeria.”

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