90% Of All Those Paraded Dead Or Alive As ESN, Are Innocent

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"soldiers accounted for most of the abductions and disappearances including not less 550 citizens disappeared since January 2021 or suspected victims of unlawful executions. That: over 90% of those paraded by soldiers and police as “ESN hoodlums/terrorists” are innocent; and same goes for over 90% of the slain bodies tagged “ESN hoodlums killed in gun duel with security forces”. They are victims of ‘after the act’ crime scene shootings and killings" Special Report: Onitsha-Nigeria, Monday, May 31, 2021 Executive Summary: The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a leading research and investigative rights group is in possession of graphic details of how soldiers, police and other Nigerian security operatives presently deployed in the East madly, wildly, hatefully and falsely label and abduct innocent citizens especially the citizens of Igbo Ethnic Nationality and Christian faith and spill their bloods for gallantry. These have led to not less than 170 open killings, secret abduction and permanent disappearance or feared unlawful execution in custody of no fewer than 550 and general arrest/abduction of not less than 2100. Shockingly, in the past one week or Monday 24th to Sunday 30th May 2021, not less than 30 open and secret killings by soldiers and police have taken place with most taking place in Imo State where scores of corpses have been freshly traced to the mortuaries of the Government Medical Centers. The slain are all victims of extra-judicial killings including innocent citizens ‘killed after the act’ at crime scenes and falsely labeled for gallantry.  The findings above cover the first five months of 2021 or January to May 2021. The most alarming of it all is the abandonment of all rules of engagement governing conflict or war time and peacetime operations and crude resort to jungle justice and atrocity conducts. Even in armed conflict, killing of wounded soldiers or combatants and prisoners of war is internationally outlawed and perpetration of same is clear act or of war crimes. But in ongoing security operations in the Southeast and South-south Nigeria, thousands of innocent citizens have been targeted for false labeling and abduction. Hundreds have also been shot and killed or maimed. The abductions and killings are officially sanctioned by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, the Defense Headquarters and the Chief of Army Staff. In all,  it is correct to say that there is ongoing mass persecution in the East targeted at Igbo Christian citizens, singled out and dubbed “IPOB/ESN hoodlums”. Details Of Abducted And Slain Innocent Citizens Falsely Labeled “ESN Hoodlums/Gunmen” *Eze Avurum, 64 years old and his cousin-Dominic Ekechukwu: Eze Awurum and Dominic Ekechukwu (his maternal cousin) and Eze Awurum’s daughter; all from Umuneke-nta, Ugiri in Isiala Mbano, Imo State were abducted in Aba on 12th May 2021 by soldiers of 144 Battalion of 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia. Eze Awurum was publicly paraded hours later by the Army and falsely labeled “ESN second-in-command”. Their abduction took place at the residence of Citizen Dominic Ekechukwu which was also burnt down. They, including Eze Awurum’s daughter, were taken away but his daughter (Oluomachi) was released after three days Since then, Citizens Eze Awurum and Dominic Ekechukwu have remained in Army captivity at Abacha (Mogadishu) Barracks and contrary to the Army’s claims, Mr. Eze Awurum was framed up by his community’s Traditional ruler (Eze Onyenagbaru) over a dispute involving a parcel of ancestral land leading to him being abducted and framed as “ESN second-in-command”. *John Chinonso, 24 Years Old: He is from Nchoko Dikenafai Community in Ideato South, Imo State and living at Apiti Street by Hardel Junction, Orji-Uratta in Owerri North, Imo State. An orphan living with his elder brother orphan, Citizen Chinoso owns and manages ‘DADDYFRESH BARBING SALOON’ at Ogboru Umuchoke by Hardel Bus Stop, Uratta. He had responded to his elder brother’s call for him to close his shop and return home before dawn owing to precarious security situation in Owerri and environs and as he was going home in the evening of Tuesday, 25th May 2021 at about 4pm, the police patrol personnel blocked and arrested him at gunpoint. Citizen John Chinonso was same evening paraded alongside four others as “ESN hoodlums attempted to burn down Orji Police Station”.

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