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How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by kingzizzy: 10:04pm On Aug 27, 2020
Eyewitness Account Of How Security Agents Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH

Bloody Sunday in Enugu as security agents hunting for IPOB kill unarmed people

RAPHAEL EDE writes on how security agencies and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, on Sunday, turned their guns on the sleepy Emene community in Enugu State where no fewer than 10 persons were killed

The residents of Emene community in the Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State are still in consternation following the killing of some youths by security agents comprising the soldiers, air force personnel, the police and operatives of the Department of State Services on Sunday, August 23, 2020, during a clampdown on members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

IPOB members were said to be having Jewish prayers and training in martial arts when the DSS attacked them.

It was gathered that when a dozen patrol vans loaded with security agents armed to the teeth arrived at the community, they turned their guns on the IPOB members, who reportedly took to their heels.

Eyewitnesses said that in the ensuing confrontation, gunshots and teargas fumes filled the air between the St. Patrick’s Secondary School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church along the old Abakaliki Road and the premises of St. Patrick’s Secondary School flowed with blood as fleeing IPOB members were pursued into the streets

Sunny Okoroafor is a retired soldier, who witnessed the carnage. He said the day could best be described as a ‘Black Sunday’ and the events would be engraved in the history of the community for generations, stating, “What happened was an unjustifiable action by Nigerian security forces against the Igbo.”

“I saw six unarmed youths killed in cold blood in front of my house, other residents said more people were killed and that the military men took their corpses away before the police came and evacuated those I saw,” Okoroafor stated.

Narrating the incident, which he said was captured on camera, Okoroafor said the Emene Community High School was a major sporting arena in the entire community and different sets of people, including IPOB members, train and have their meetings there

“My children used to stay at the school to study and play. IPOB members also come to the school to have their meetings and train in martial arts every Sunday. They have been doing that for several months to the extent that other youths got interested and were coming to train with them in martial arts.

“The previous Sunday, there was a rumour that the military would come to disturb them, but at the end, nothing like that happened and they held their training and left. So, on Sunday, August 23, 2020, I was in my house around 7.05am when my daughter ran into the house shivering. She said policemen came into the place where those children were having their meeting and one of them pointed a gun at her head.

“She said that the man allowed her to go when she told him that she came to sell water to those engaged in physical exercise, which the IPOB guys were part of. Over 50 people were there engaged in various sporting activities.

“So, I came out to observe what was going on and I saw two Hilux vans blocking the entrance to the school. I saw operatives of the DSS and some of the IPOB guys they seized in their vehicle.

“About three minutes later, those DSS guys started shooting and that lasted more than five minutes. I don’t know whether it was the people inside the school that they were shooting at, but the next thing I saw was the IPOB boys pursuing the DSS guys with stones, woods and bottles, while some of them were bleeding as they were running. Some strong ones among them continued the chase and finally sized one of the operatives, while the others jumped into their vehicles and zoomed off.”

Okoroafor added, “Unfortunately, one of the DSS guys missed their vehicle and he ran across the road looking for an escape route. I learnt he was one of those, who started shooting at the unarmed IPOB boys. So, the IPOB boys pursued him with sticks, stones and planks and eventually caught him; they brought him to the main road and stoned him.

“Those IPOB boys were not bearing arms, but what I observed was that some of them had charms, because when those DSS operatives were shooting at them, the IPOB boys were pursuing them and when the situation got tense, the operatives jumped into their vehicles and ran away. I am not telling you a story. I was there as an eyewitness.

“I learnt that the one person, who was killed and burnt, was filming them when they were protesting and when they wanted to take his phone, he resisted; that was what I was told.”

Mr Chijioke Ezeh, who lives adjacent to the Community High School, corroborated Okoroafor’s account, saying, “I was preparing to go for the 7am Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church when I started hearing rapid gunshots. This lasted close to five minutes and I looked through the window and saw men clad in black attire with the inscription, ‘DSS’.

“They were shooting at the people inside the school compound; some fell down and some did not. The next thing was that they were running and IPOB boys were pursuing them to the gate with sticks and stones they grabbed in the school.

“About 20 minutes later, I saw many people bleeding from bullet wounds being conveyed to hospital. Angered by the development, after those DSS guys had run away, the boys started making bonfires in the middle of the roads to prevent vehicular movement, but people were allowed to trek.

“The IPOB guys started protesting and chanting, ‘What did we do to the government that made the DSS to come and shoot us where we are playing in our community? What offence did we commit?’ They were chanting and going up and down, but none of them bore arms, except a few with sticks.”

Eze added that the IPOB men started telling people living along the road to go inside their houses and their members, who were not strong enough, to find their way and even passers-by to stay off the road, because the security agents would come for them.

He stated, “My daughter filmed everything from upper floor of our house. After some minutes, the DSS guys reinforced and came with the military and the police, all of them numbering over 50, with over 30 Hilux vans and started shooting at the protesting IPOB members from different directions. They blocked all the strategic roads with armoured personnel carriers and were shooting unarmed youths and carrying their corpses away. They killed people going to church and tricycle riders.

“Those bodies the soldiers did not carry away during the shooting that lasted more than 30 minutes were lying on the roads after the incident. The pictures of those ones are all over the social media.”

Another resident and an eyewitness, Mrs Onyekachi Asogwa, described the killings of unarmed Igbo youths by security forces as callous and unjustifiable.

She stated, “What those DSS guys did was wrong; you don’t come and kill unarmed citizens where they were holding a meeting. They had been having the meeting every Sunday for several months in the same venue and nothing happened. They had never attacked anybody nor has anybody complained against them. Every Sunday, if you come here this place, it is always filled up with vehicles and tricycles.

“The police have come here on several occasions to monitor what they were doing and after, they would go away. The boys don’t wear Biafra uniform or any insignia, so I wonder why the DSS men would come and start shooting unarmed civilians. I don’t know why they came when people are dying somewhere else, when herdsmen are killing people, kidnapping people for ransom everywhere in Enugu State and nothing was being done.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by TheSERAPH: 10:14pm On Aug 27, 2020
okay
Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Timfreds(m): 10:22pm On Aug 27, 2020
So it's IPOB members Nigerian security strong reach. Boko Haram is having field days in the north, yet they are in the east killing ordinary people.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Chidexter(m): 10:23pm On Aug 27, 2020
See how they swiftly called in the entire paramilitary to harm innocent well meaning individuals.... While over there at Sambisa, they cower at the sight of Boko Bicycle riders.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by mcbreeze: 10:26pm On Aug 27, 2020
Injustice in this land too much. May the souls of those who did haunt them down.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Yobabad: 10:28pm On Aug 27, 2020
This is a pure case of genocide and human Rights abuse. It will never be well with Nigeria

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Bkayyy: 10:29pm On Aug 27, 2020
This Punch no dey fear o

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by softeeg: 10:31pm On Aug 27, 2020
na wa oo
Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by mabea: 10:31pm On Aug 27, 2020
I don't blame the security forces rather I blame the Igbo leaders who are more interested in 2023. But they should know that nothing lasts forever.

You can't just label everybody Ipob. Even the very Ipob constitute of humans and not animals.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Anaerobi(m): 10:33pm On Aug 27, 2020
am born and brought up in north, once escaped Boko Haram years back said my last prayers, but GOD infinity Mercy and grace said it was not yet my time. But when I see how Boko Haram kills Nigeria security, I pity them. but when I see and read how Nigeria Security treats unarmed citizens in east. Nigeria oneness only exist on the lips not in the heart.
we all know we don't love each other, we should stop all this pretence of one Nigeria, Nigeria is not one, the heart of a northern man is bittered towards and igbo man, same goes to igbo man. same goes to a Yoruba man. only 5% Nigerians love each other. in a scale of percentage and it's just 5, then we are just evil towards each other.
the early we acknowledge it, fight it, the better for us. ...
That's inhumane.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Anaerobi(m): 10:36pm On Aug 27, 2020
I also turn my blame and anger to south east representative at the federal level.... they are just wicked and heartless.. may their love once b a victim of such wicked killing... so that they will feel the pains.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Nobody: 10:37pm On Aug 27, 2020
How can a country be killing a particular tribe from 1967 till date, isn't this pure hatred and wickedness ?

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by richiemcgold: 10:39pm On Aug 27, 2020
let's call spade a spade, this act by Nigeria security forces is a pure gruesome murder and it is highly uncalled for.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by SLAP44: 10:47pm On Aug 27, 2020
Something inside is telling me this senseless killing will not go unpublished.

Just wait.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by kingzizzy: 10:51pm On Aug 27, 2020
Anaerobi:
I also turn my blame and anger to south east representative at the federal level.... they are just wicked and heartless.. may their love once b a victim of such wicked killing... so that they will feel the pains.

All they care about is 2023 while their people are being massacred at home by everyone from killer herdsmen to the security agents

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by XXXXTENTACION: 10:51pm On Aug 27, 2020
And for those who support these killings and are happy about it pray it does'nt befall you or any of your family members undecided



you know "what goes around comes around "

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Wiseandtrue(f): 11:01pm On Aug 27, 2020
kingzizzy:

“What happened was an unjustifiable action by Nigerian security forces against the Igbo.”

“I saw six unarmed youths killed in cold blood in front of my house, other residents said more people were killed and that the military men took their corpses away before the police came and evacuated those I saw,” Okoroafor stated.

Narrating the incident, which he said was captured on camera, Okoroafor said the Emene Community High School was a major sporting arena in the entire community and different sets of people, including IPOB members, train and have their meetings there
NOTHING can justify the killings of unarmed citizens!!!

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by TRUTHaDDICTED(m): 11:05pm On Aug 27, 2020
Those IPOB boys were not bearing arms, but what I observed was that some of them had charms, because when those DSS operatives were shooting at them, the IPOB boys were pursuing them and when the situation got tense, the operatives jumped into their vehicles and ran away. I am not telling you a story. I was there as an eyewitness.
Anybody who were not patient enough to read this eye witness narrative should go back and read before coming to spew trash here, and those who have been lying from the both sides of their mouth scavenging indictment points just to bedevil IPOB should come and read this now. That means this people actually went with the intention to wipe them all off if not that they're strong by the other way. I won't lament much on this again, what a man will remains in his heart.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by TRUTHaDDICTED(m): 11:19pm On Aug 27, 2020
Bkayyy:
This Punch no dey fear o
See average mentality of a human being in the Zoo.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 11:22pm On Aug 27, 2020
...”The boys don’t wear Biafra uniform or any insignia...”

Do you See what I was saying just a few days ago ? Innocent Igbo youths were murdered in cold blood and tagged “IPOB terrorists”.

- What did these boys do wrong apart from being Igbo ?
- What wrong have they done as terrorists that Fulani herdsmen haven’t done or worse as “bandits” ?
- Why haven’t security operatives been effective against the Fulani bandits with proper documentary evidence ie pics and videos the same way we saw that of IPOB terrorists ?
- Why haven’t the south east elite (apart from Abaribe) come out to condemn this massacre ?

Anyways, it’s a crime to be Igbo in today’s Nigeria. I as an Ijaw man am afraid because I know that after the Igbo, I’m next cool

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Area4Area: 11:25pm On Aug 27, 2020
IPOB is a terrorist group and its members are terrorists, they have no right to congregate in Nigeria, they may try Cameroon next time

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Ogonimilitant(m): 11:27pm On Aug 27, 2020
When I saw the fulani police commissioner lying against innocent Igbo boys to justifying their killing and arrest, I knew Nigeria is actually a zoo.
They have been doing everything possible to destabilise Biafran Land but this keeps exposing them to the planned genocide on Biafrans.

The politicians in Igbo land will not talk because they are all criminals and all have a skeleton in their cupboard
The end is here for Buhari and the caliphate.

My heart goes to the fallen heroes. They will never be forgotten.
Man must die of one thing.

But they have written their names in marble

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by XXXXTENTACION: 11:31pm On Aug 27, 2020
Area4Area:
IPOB is a terrorist group and its members are terrorists, they have no right to congregate in Nigeria, they may try Cameroon next time
they are terrorists indeed undecided


i know they have been terrorising you and your family members since ages grin

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by mascot87(m): 11:32pm On Aug 27, 2020
To be sincere, the NPF & Army messed up big time.
Why attack innocent people on their playing ground? When last did they re-enforce to attack boko haram?

The FG needs to be calming down on ipob with
little or no risk to national unity and be more aggressive on Fulani herdsmen and boko haram

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Guyman02: 11:32pm On Aug 27, 2020
Eye witness account has confirmed that some of those killed were not really IPOB members, some were on their way to church, others are spectators watching martial arts training which we used to do way back, others came to the school for exercise but as long they are Igbos they are all a threat to national security.

It's like DSS and other security agencies are carrying out the Fulanization agenda of Buhari regime that Obasanjo warned Nigerians, killing unarmed youths praying, meeting and doing sports in their own communities is a crime against humanity that should not go unpunished.
There was even a retired soldier as eye witness who felt appalled by the massacre he saw. I wonder how he felt that moment after serving Nigeria as a soldier.

Governor Ugwuanyi should forget about that security meeting he is planning for next week, it will serve as an avenue for the security agents involved in this criminal act to feed him with more LIES, rather a high powered commission of enquiry should be set up to unravel the remote cause of this ugly incident or else these youths could be forced to arm themselves and engage the DSS and others who could not tackle Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram for many years

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Area4Area: 11:37pm On Aug 27, 2020
XXXXTENTACION:
they are terrorists indeed undecided


i know they have been terrorising you and your family members since ages grin
You can go to Abuja and dispute that please

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Jostoman: 11:40pm On Aug 27, 2020
Anaerobi:
I also turn my blame and anger to south east representative at the federal level.... they are just wicked and heartless.. may their love once b a victim of such wicked killing... so that they will feel the pains.
except eyinaya abaribe.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by XXXXTENTACION: 11:50pm On Aug 27, 2020
Area4Area:
You can go to Abuja and dispute that please
Sorry bro i feel your painment. undecided


i know you went through alot in the hands of ipob terrorist i hope they did'nt rape you mother

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Jostoman: 11:51pm On Aug 27, 2020
Area4Area:
IPOB is a terrorist group and its members are terrorists, they have no right to congregate in Nigeria, they may try Cameroon next time
God will be regretting now that he created a nonentity like you on this Earth.

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Dickeyrider: 5:35am On Aug 28, 2020
wizzyrich:
How can a country be killing a particular tribe from 1967 till date, isn't this pure hatred and wickedness ?



Why is your so called tribe so stubborn and intolerant? Government say no Ipob gathering yet you people gather to constitute nuisance and defy government orders. Are you the only tribe in Nigeria? Why can't you people be civil and obey the laws of your own country? I don't blame the government, you guys like the taste of hot lead on your skulls

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Re: How Security Agents Hunting For IPOB Killed Unarmed People In Enugu - PUNCH by Dickeyrider: 5:43am On Aug 28, 2020
SLAP44:
Something inside is telling me this senseless killing will not go unpublished.

Just wait.


You people like to form victims as if you are innocent. You claim Ipob don't carry arms, yet they attacked and killed the DSS guys with sticks and stones. What again is the definition of arms? In 1967 you people fought a war against Nigeria and and lost. A war in which biafran soldiers massacred nigerians but till today you guys will never admit that. All you delude yourselves with is that they are killing igbos. Nonsense

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