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Nigerian Forces Killed 150 Peaceful Advocates of Biafra’s Secession in One Year

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The Nigerian security forces killed 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country, according to the statement of the Amnesty International.

Nigeria’s security forces have killed some 150 people in a crackdown against advocates of secession of the southeastern state of Biafra, a prominent international human rights watchdog said Thursday.

“The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country,” the Amnesty International said in a statement announcing the results of a year-long investigation. The organization analyzed media data and eye witness accounts related  to pro-Biafra demonstrations between August 2015 and August 2016, finding evidence of extrajudicial executions when the Nigerian government deployed the military against protesters. During this year’s Biafra Remembrance Day, marked on May 30 to commemorate the victims of the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War between Nigeria and breakaway Biafra, repressions claimed the lives of at least 60 people, according to the investigation.

According to earlier media reports, 52 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement were killed during the Biafra Remembrance Day.

IPOB advocates for recession of Biafra to allow for the restoration of the sovereignty of the indigenous Igbo people. The Republic of Biafra existed between 1967 and 1970 and was inhabited mostly by the Igbo people.  The republic was not recognized by the international community. The territory was reintegrated into Nigeria after the Civil War.

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