Nigerian  Senators from the South East extraction  have called on
President Muhammadu Buhari to order a thorough investigation into the
allegations  that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),
who held a pro-Donald Trump rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, were
killed by security agents.
The South East senators in a statement in Abuja on Monday  through its
chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the mere fact that the
security agencies applied excess force in an otherwise peaceful rally
was reprehensible and questions an emerging pattern in the containment
of peaceful assembly in Nigeria.
“The last time I checked, that section of the constitution is still
intact and has not been amended. It is, therefore, worrisome that the
rights of a section of Nigerians would be so willfully denied with
such extra force.
“If the report of killings by the security agencies were to be
confirmed, it would, no doubt, leave a gaping hole in the unity of
this country. This is one regrettable action too many, coming against
the backdrop of the recent report of the Amnesty International (AI) of
mass killings of people from the same section of the populace in
Nigeria,” he stated.
Abaribe said the South East Senate Caucus was not only demanding a
stop to this heinous act, but also urging the Federal Government to
investigate the high handedness of its security services in the
handling of civil protests, with particular emphasis on the latest
action by its security agencies in Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile, the IPOB has threatened to invoke the right to self-defence
over the killing of its members.
The group in a statement by its media officer  Powerful said IPOB
would no longer fold its arms and watch its members killed, alleging
that the Port Harcourt attack was the seventh since August 30, 2015.
“We are placing humanity on notice that events of 20th of January 2017
will be the last time IPOB will march without self-defence mechanism
in place. Nobody should say we did not warn because we will continue
to march until Biafra is restored.
“A country cannot function on the basis of lies and public deception
run by natural born liars and deceivers who are infinitely incapable
of telling the truth. We, IPOB, have duly notified every major
government in the world and supplied video and photo evidence to
substantiate our claim. Nigerian government cannot deny their
culpability from now until eternity. The fact remains that we have all
their actions on tape.
“All over the world, there were anti-Trump rallies held without a
single loss of life. Even in Washington DC itself, there were protests
but not a single soul was shot let alone being shot dead.
“The world must know that governance in Nigeria has become so crude
and uncivilised that acts clearly provided for in the constitution are
termed illegal by law enforcement agents with limited understanding of
the provisions of the constitution to the point that wholesale
massacre is warranted and in this case justified.”
The IPOB vowed that killing of its members would not be allowed to
continue, as it has and “must invoke our right to self-defence very
soon,” adding: “If and when IPOB decide
to implement the principles of self-defence, the world must not
apportion any blame to us.”

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