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Amnesty International accuses army of killing 150 protesters

The report was based on the analysis of 87 videos, 122 photographs and 146 eye witness testimonies.

Biafra protesters.

According to the report, security agents fire live ammunition into crowds with little or no warning.

“This reckless and trigger-happy approach to crowd control has caused at least 150 deaths and we fear the actual total might be far higher,” Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Makmid Kamara, said.

“The Nigerian government’s decision to send in the military to respond to pro-Biafra events seems to be in large part to blame for this excessive bloodshed. The authorities must immediately launch an impartial investigation and bring the perpetrators to book.

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“It is chilling to see how these soldiers gunned down peaceful IPOB members. The video evidence shows that this was a military operation with intent to kill and injure,” Kamara added.

Amnesty International said further that it had shared the report with the Attorney General of the Federation, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of the State Security Services on September 30, 2016, but none of them could give answers to the questions raised in the report.

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