Amnesty International has reported that soldiers have stormed Afara Ukwu, the village of Nnamdi Kanu(leader of the indigenous people of Biafra,IPOB), and barricade his family house ahead of his father’s burial scheduled for Friday.
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Speaking on the development via a statement, Osai Ojigho, Amnesty director in Nigeria, called for caution from the security agencies while reminding them of how lives were lost when they forcibly went to his village to pick him up in 2017.
“The Nigerian security forces must exercise restraint and prevent a repetition of the September 2017 events that left at least 20 people killed and some still missing, when the military attempted to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in his home in Afara Ukwu”
“While law enforcement officers are within their rights to carry out their lawful duties, the use of force should be proportional and strictly limited to those situations where it is absolutely necessary. Both IPOB supporters and security forces must at all times respect and protect human rights of all.
“Concerns about possible violence during the funeral must be addressed within the framework of human rights and rule of law.”