Biafra: IPOB's International Team Of Lawyers Gathers More Evidence Against Buratai, 15 Others


By Mazi Edozie,
For IPOB Writers





More evidence against Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has emerged following the recent killing of IPOB members who either visited their leader, Nnamdi Kanu or were on their way to see the IPOB leader.

Recall that in 2016, a team of US-based IPOB legal representatives filed a "Torture Victim Protection Act" lawsuit against Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and others.

The suit which is still pending was filed by a former Deputy Attorney-General of United States, Dr Bruce Fein and W.B. DelValle, and others at United States Court for the District of Columbia.

It was filed on behalf of 10 pro-Biafra activists who were victims of Nigeria security operatives' brutality.

Fein and DelValle spent a period of five days (August 19 to 24, 2017) in Nigeria, in furtherance of the goals of the suit. And Investigations are still ongoing to produce more evidence against the defendants and is coordinated by Barrister Aloy Ejimakor(Attorney), IPOB's general counsel in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, below is the summary of the charges slammed against the defendants (16 top Nigerian Government, Army, Police and civilian officials) before the US District Court for the District of Columbia by legal representatives of the 10 pro-Biafra activists.

The Defendants are as follows:

1. Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai: Command, control and vicarious culpability as COAS in the massacre, maiming or torture of defenceless, nonviolent pro-Biafra activists by units of the Nigerian army.

2. Retired IGP Solomon Arase: Allegedly ordered the maximum use of force and violent crackdown against unarmed and nonviolent pro-Biafra protesters. Vicarious and operational culpability in the pro-Biafra protests’ massacre/mass shootings by the police.

3. IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris: Command and Operational culpability in the pro-Biafra protests’ massacre in his capacity then as AIG Federal OPS.

4. DIG Habila Hosea (then CP Abia, now DIG OPS): Direct culpability in the pro-Biafra activists’ singing and really massacre in Aba.

5. AIG Hassan Karma (then CP Anambra, now AIG Zone 9): Culpability in the pro-Biafra protests’ massacre of 29th and 30th May 2016.

6. Major Gen Ibrahim Attahiru (then GOC 82 Division, Enugu, and now Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole): Culpability in the pro-Biafra protests massacre of 29th and 30th May 2016 in Anambra State and Asaba (Delta State) spill-over massacre.

7. CP Babatunde Johnson Kokomo (then DCP OPS, Anambra, now CP Armaments at Force Headquarters): Culpability in the pro-Biafra protests massacre of 29th and 30th May 2016.

8.  Col Issah Mehadi Abdullahi (then Commander/Cantonment Commandant, Onitsha 302 Artillery; now at NIPSS, Kuru near Jos): Culpability in the pro-Biafra jubilation and protests massacre of 17th December 2015 and 29th and 30th May 2016 in Anambra State.

9. Major C.O. Ibrahim of Military Police Unit (leader of army massacre operations of 29th and 30th May 2016 in Anambra State): Operational culpability in the pro-Biafra protests massacre (now Lt Col and Commander of Onitsha Military Police Unit of the Onitsha Military Cantonment).

10. CSP James Oshim Nwafor (OC/SARS, Anambra during the 2nd December 2015 joint massacre operations at Onitsha Niger Bridgehead, now O/C File at CP’s Admin Office, Awka): Culpability in the pro-Biafra protests massacre.

11. CSP Bassey Abang (OC/SARS, Anambra during 29th and 30th, May 2016 massacre, now OC/SARS, Abia State): Culpability in the pro-Biafra protests massacre.

12. ACP Peter W. Nwagbara (he was Aba Area Commander during 9th February 2016 IPOB massacre, now Police Area Commander of the Akwanga Area Command in Nasarawa State) culpability in the pro-Biafra protests massacre.

13. Lt Col Sidi Umar Kasim (then Commander of 144 Battalion at Ukwa Ngwa that massacred IPOB activists on 9th of February, 2016 in Aba. 144 Battalion is a unit of 14 Brigade of Nigerian Army, Ohafia in Abia State, now at 14 Brigade, Ohafia).

14. Musa Lawal Daura (SSS DG; his agency allegedly supplied hostile intelligence leading to the massacre in addition to the participation of his men in the joint security Taskforce or JTF that perpetrated the mass murder of pro-Biafra activists).

15. Governor William Maduabuchi Obiano: Executive complicity as State Chief Security Officer in the 2nd and 17th December 2015 pro-Biafra protest killings and the 29th and 30th May 2016 pro-Biafra Heroes Day massacre in Anambra State.

16. Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu: Executive complicity as State Chief Security Officer in the 18th and 29th January and 9th February 2016 IPOB massacre in Aba.

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