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Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by BeeBeeOoh(m): 1:11pm On May 31, 2016
By Sylvester Ugwuanyi

The Nigerian Army has explained that its troops, alongside other security agencies, invoked the extant Rules of Engagement by acting in self-defence as well as in defence of lives and property when it shot dead about five members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Monday.
The pro-Biafra activists were killed as they marched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Biafra Republic by late leader of the old Eastern region, Odumegwu Ojukwu, but the Army claimed that the MASSOB and IPOB members launched an attack on peace loving populace as well as security agencies while marking the first anniversary of the democratically elected government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a statement signed by Colonel HA Gambo, Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu, which stressed that the major objective of the security agency was to ensure peace, security and stability.


Claiming that members of MASSOB and IPOB attacked security agencies with a variety of firearms, crude weapons, volatile cocktails such as acid and dynamites, it pointed out that eight other members of the separatist organisations were wounded while nine were arrested for due legal actions.

The statement reads, “The attention of the general public is hereby drawn to the unwarranted attack that was launched by combined members of the Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) against the peace loving populace as well as security agencies at about 0415 hours on 30 May 2016.

“This attack was purported to have been orchestrated in order to mar the first anniversary of the present democratic government as part of the activities earmarked to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Biafra.

“Due to the wide spread panic, tension and apprehension that generated from the activities of the MASSOB and IPOB members, security agencies which comprised of detachment of Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Department of State Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency were compelled to intervene in consonance with constitutional provisions of aid to civil authority where and when such occasion demands. The over arching imperative to ensure a reign of peace, security and stability in this circumstance was most starring.


“However, the MASSOB/IPOB members who had earlier assembled at a school location on Ataa Road near Saint Edmunds’ Catholic Parish Maryland Nkpor-Agu in Anambra State resorted to fierce attack against the intervening security agencies that were carrying out their legitimate mandate.

“The nature of this attack involved brazen employment of various types of fire arms and all sorts of crude weapons, volatile cocktail such as acid and dynamites.

“Instructively, troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army as the lead agency of the security agencies had to invoke the extant Rules of Engagement (ROE) to resort to self defence, protection of the strategic Niger Bridge, prevent re-enforcement of the pro-Biafra members apparently surging ahead from the far side of the strategic Niger Bridge at Onitsha. All these efforts were in order to de-escalate the palpable tension as well as ward off the apparent threats to lives and property in the general area.

“In the aftermath of the fire fight that ensued, many of own troops sustained varying degrees of injury. These injured troops are currently receiving treatment at own medical centre. Similarly, 5 members of MASSOB/IPOB were killed, 8 wounded while 9 were arrested for due legal actions.

The statement said the unfortunate incident notwithstanding, “the 82 Division Nigerian Army wishes to assure all of its professional commitment to the protection of lives and property of the good people of Anambra State and indeed across its entire Area of Responsibility in tandem with the recent directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Chief of Defence Staff to the Chief of Army Staff to avert occurrences of such unwarranted and uncivilized attacks against the good and law abiding people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

http://www.dailypost.ng/2016/05/31/army-explains-why-it-attacked-protesting-massob-ipob-memebers/

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by queendalyn(f): 1:12pm On May 31, 2016
SEE MORE DETAILS ON WHY AMY ATTACKED MASSOB---> http://www.timenaija.com/army-why-we-attacked-protesting-massob-i.xhtml
Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by cokoduck: 1:14pm On May 31, 2016
This still does not explain why the cowards ran into a church and sprayed bullets like insecticide. ICC is loading.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Nobody: 1:20pm On May 31, 2016
The Army needs to be more civil in its approach to secessionist issue. Protesters should also conduct their protests peacefully. No single part of the country can pull out without engaging others in robust deliberations. It is utopian to think it can happen otherwise.
The Biafra issue is a contentious one that requires great tact to handle. I pray God grants us all the wisdom to settle the issue amicably.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by cktheluckyman: 1:24pm On May 31, 2016
lies!!!! lies!!! from the stables of liar Mohammed

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by SamJed(m): 1:25pm On May 31, 2016
Seriously We are talking of human lives here and the NA are talking nonsense....people doing peaceful protest, you then use live ammunition on them...what happen to stun guns, rubber bullets and at most tear gas...this government don't value lives at all...

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by bibinwaka: 1:34pm On May 31, 2016
iro' lo pa bobo yi shocked

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Nkem4040: 1:41pm On May 31, 2016
I find it funny how they keep mentioning MASSOB. You won't understand if you cannot reason critically. The government has bribed MASSOB to use it to neutralize IPOB, meaning if the Army kills IPOB members, they will say it was MASSOB members they killed in self defense and they... bribed MASSOB will confirm that yes they only killed our members not IPOB. They will even go as far as justifying their killings that the dead and wounded were acting outside of MASSOB guidelines... by arming themselves to harm the Army.

Critical thinking is important not to be brainwashed.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by olaitoro(m): 1:46pm On May 31, 2016
Nigeria military has been bought over by the APC government. Is a pity.

Only God can help Nigeria in this period of political and security mess.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by idensko(m): 1:50pm On May 31, 2016
Uc lying is not easy.
Ur statement said 04:15 am

Now re u telling us dat d populace of ANAMBRA were all awake by 4am in d morning 2 d point dat dey re being disturb?


Re u now saying that IPOB protested by 4am when it is yet 2 b daylight?


Pls fellow nairaland ers, can u wake up by 4 am luk outside ur window 2 know how dark it will still be outside.


D only thing d government do now is propaganda.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by SaiNigeria: 2:00pm On May 31, 2016
These Propaganda of yours and that of your brainless presidiot cannot work.

You are pushing Ipob to the wall, after the killings of so many Biafrans yesterday, You came up with this cheap trash.

If Ipob want to go Violence they will make it open to Nigeria and the world at large

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by onosprince(m): 2:02pm On May 31, 2016

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Frank3n2(m): 2:03pm On May 31, 2016
There is always an explanation...

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Nobody: 2:04pm On May 31, 2016
undecided
Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by macaranta(m): 2:04pm On May 31, 2016
Ok
Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Ucheosefoh(m): 2:04pm On May 31, 2016
All that weapons yet no pictures as evidence
The title should be the army lies to explain why the attacked the Massob and IPOD

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by ripbubu: 2:04pm On May 31, 2016
cokoduck:
This still does not explain why the cowards ran into a church and sprayed bullets like insecticide. ICC is loading.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by TheArchangel(f): 2:05pm On May 31, 2016
Imagine their explanation.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Lilimax(f): 2:05pm On May 31, 2016
[quote author=olaitoro post=46140121 Nigeria military has been bought over by the APC government. Is a pity.

Only God can help Nigeria in this period of political and security mess.[/quote]
PMB is the commander in Chief of the Armed Forces nah embarassed
Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by loomer: 2:05pm On May 31, 2016
Nigeria army and lies.


E just better to avoid them by all means cos na u go suffer

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by ripbubu: 2:06pm On May 31, 2016
cktheluckyman:
lies!!!! lies!!! from the stables of liar Mohammed

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Nobody: 2:07pm On May 31, 2016
Not enof reason, yu don't go about killing people because yu have lies to tell : mtheeew ICC iz loading..........

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Guyman02: 2:07pm On May 31, 2016
The same Army is expected to tell Nigerians why they have not attacked ARMED Fulani herdsmen that have murdered Nigerians in several states.
The one sided application of the rule of engagement is the key reason why the Army is not getting the needed cooperation from people in the S/E and S/S on the Niger Delta Avengers sabotaging the economy despite the ecological damage they are doing to communities.

Cant we have a situation whereby people are allowed to protest freely on their convictions with the security agencies providing security or have a square in every state like the Hyde park in the UK where citizens can go with placards and express their grievances and even ask for separation referendum like Scottish citizens did recently without anyone being killed. Its their right to freedom of expression.
Too much unnecessary blood being spilled in the country.

Anybody urging and commending the Army for killing them should understand that these are mostly Igbo people and their people will not be happy with the FG for the killing of their kinsmen by soldiers mostly from the North and may seek seek revenge.
This is the reason many reasonable people in the South West have requested for a state police in Nigeria to handle situations like this as state Police will not engage in indiscriminate killing of their relations just to satisfy the whims of a federal government in Abuja that seems far away from the grassroots.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by seunlayi(m): 2:08pm On May 31, 2016
This people even have the mouth to Talk

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by cjrane: 2:09pm On May 31, 2016
BeeBeeOoh:
By Sylvester Ugwuanyi



http://www.dailypost.ng/2016/05/31/army-explains-why-it-attacked-protesting-massob-ipob-memebers/


The zoo army can lie!

Tomorrow the video of the unprovoked attack will surface and as usual they will deny it.

Since zoo army claim that protesters attack them when the protesters didn't, I think it makes sense to begin defending the protesters from these murderous trigger happy soldiers.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by beGOOD4aba(m): 2:11pm On May 31, 2016
Those who support d wanton killings of armless people just to justify tribal sentiments will live to harvest their seed of discord. The hunter must be hunted one day.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by RZArecta(m): 2:11pm On May 31, 2016
The army brought people out of a church and killed them. Sorry country

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Omonigeriarere: 2:12pm On May 31, 2016
cokoduck:
This still does not explain why the cowards ran into a church and sprayed bullets like insecticide. ICC is loading.



[b]Small thing, you will be screaming ICC as if they are not human beings: who has dragged Obama to ICC for his illegitimate authority he exerted by infringing the autonomy of another sovereign country while trying to arrest Bin Ladin in another country?

Biafra is the least issue before ICC now for your information because the movement has been a threat to national security nowadays as opposed to what it ought to be. Attached is one of the peaceful protest claimed by your likes in case of Nnamdi Kanu: where will you get justice if many of such scenarios were presented as evidence by NA?

In as much as everyone has the right to life, personal liberty, dignity of human labour, freedom of association etc, please be reminded that such freedoms impliedly impose responsibilities/obligations on someone not to be a threat/nuisance to his vicinity and inhabitants.

The fully-armed Niger Delta Militants and BH are playing hide and seek game with NA, but foolish civilians like you have the gut to attack them and even engage them in physical fighting: do you need to consult an oracle before you realize that it is an act of stupidity to fight or argue with a man that carries a gun? Even if he is unable to claim self defence, your life would have been wasted like rags.

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by Phiniter(m): 2:17pm On May 31, 2016
Attacking protesters...

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Re: Army: Why We Attacked Protesting MASSOB, IPOB Members by bondingman: 2:18pm On May 31, 2016
I've never supported dissociation of any group of people from Nigeria
But from d recent spate of loss of innocent lives I'm beginning to have a rethink, 'must we remain one?'

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