Nigerian Soldiers Open Fire On IPOB Members For Celebrating Donald Trump

By Ikenga Chronicles January 21, 2017

The peaceful march  organised by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) in Port Harcourt,Rivers State  in honour of the new United States of America President, Donald Trump turned violent on Friday as soldiers opened fire on the peaceful protesters.

During the attack 20 were shot, and wounded, while about 30 others were forcefully seized by the armed soldiers who whisked them away to an undisclosed destination.

Women who were also part of the protest were not spared as they were brutalised by the soldiers who descended on them.

According to a statement signed by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, “the Nigerian security agencies, especially DSS and soldiers killed 11 people, left 27 people with bullets wounds and 57 people arrested”, during a rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

MASSOB Director of Information, Rivers State Command, Anuken Anthony, said 15 pro-Biafra members were seriously injured, and that 85 people had been arrested.

“For now, over 70 supporters of MASSOB and IPOB had been arrested and about 15 of them are in pains due to bullet wounds.”

‘’Our members have taken some of them to the hospital; we are praying that nothing should happen to any of them.”

“I wonder why on earth the soldiers will brutalise the innocent peaceful protesters. Our support for Donald Trump cannot be deterred by military intimidation and harassment.”

“We were not violent during the rally we were only showing solidarity with the American President who we see as one of our own.”

The statement by IPOB, which noted that soldiers took away the corpses of those killed by the security agencies, reads: “we are calling on the international community to compel Nigerian soldiers to bring back the dead bodies of our members.”

“Right now, we are being chased by Nigeria security agencies, they are going about searching and arresting anybody suspected to be IPOB member.”

“When we got to St. John Junction, we saw the military and they asked us to go back but we told them that we are matching for Donald Trump’s inauguration but they refused to allow us go our way.”

“But we cannot continue to be slaves in our country, that was how some of us put our head on where the military barricaded. They manhandled and brutalised us.”

“Look at my head and my back they used their guns hitting all over my body. We want to go our own country.”

Another victim, Onyema Njoku said soldiers broke his leg with guns. He vowed to take legal action against the military;

“IPOB followed due process to ensure that the rally took place. Some people protested for President Buhari in Abuja yet nobody shot at them.”

“We were carrying out a peaceful rally and the police and the military are shooting at us, it is bad. One of the soldiers caught me while I was trying to run away, he descended on me until he broke my leg, I cannot walk.”

“I’m waiting for my friends to take me to the hospital, I will get better, I know it is part of the sacrifice for freedom.”

“We are in support of Donald Trump the President of United States of America, this is just a solidarity as one who believe in the Biafra agenda.”

“We are tired of staying in Nigeria, we want to go, this is not a country, we have been enslaved politically because Nigeria looks at us as minority group.”

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