LTC. OKOYE NWAKIBEYA DEMANDS FOR THE RELEASE OF BIAFRAN ACTIVISTS HELD IN ONITSHA PRISONS
ONITSHA – The Adjutant of Onitsha Province, Lieutenant Colonel Okoye Nwakibeya, after the weekly provincial meeting has called for the unconditional release of every Biafran freedom fighter detained by the occupational Nigeria armed forces in various detention centres.
LTC. Nwakibeya is furious over the deplorable condition of the detained Biafrans at the Onitsha Prisons located in Marine. There are no treatment for the sick activists, most of them have lost their parents, wives , husbands, children and even properties due to the illegal detention.
The trial Judges and prosecutors have purposely continue to delay their trials citing irrelevant reasons of lost case file and lack of fuel for the prison vehicle to transport the Biafran freedom fighters to court.
Most of these detained Biafran men and women seeking to exercise the right to self-determination have been incarcerated for over 13 years without bail. The illegal trials of those prisoners of conscience have continued to be adjourned by the trial Judges, justifying clearly that there is lack of evidence and witnesses, the consistent absence of the prosecutors sums it all.
The Adjutant described as subjugation the imprisonment and trial of Biafran freedom fighters while the terrorist group of Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram are pampered, granted amnesty and also integrated into the occupational Nigeria armed forces.
“The flagrant abuse of the human rights of Biafrans must cease henceforth and I demand for the immediate release of every Biafran freedom fighter detained anywhere in the province or the Biafran National Guard will do the needful” declared the Onitsha Provincial Adjutant.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) declared in Article 1 that “Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law.”
Continuing, he urged the imprisoned freedom fighters to be patient, prayerful and be steadfast towards the restoration of the sovereignty of Biafra for they will be released from confinement either by peace or show of force. He promised they will never be forgotten or left in the custody of the occupying government.
He reiterated that the occupational government has flagrantly abused the fundamental human rights of the Indigenous Biafrans, so in accordance with international law BNG has triggered the clause on self-defence as the only option to drive out the Janjaweed Nigerian government and armed forces. The occupying government does not respect human rights nor international laws and must face the consequences.
In addition, the Provincial Adjutant berated the Okpoko Community Development Union (OCDU) for causing unnecessary unrest in the community over the power tussle for the position of President-General (PG) of the group. He warned the two contestant, Mr. Edwin Emesinwa and Mr Francis Enemuo to follow a civilised and fair mode of election rather than concentrate on the selfish ambition to be in control of fund and the vigilante service in Okpoko.
Captain Echiaru Mark,
Media and Publicity, Onitsha Province.