The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), has accused the Nigerian Army of destroying evidence of crime against humanity perpetrated by security agencies in Aba, Abia State, against Biafran agitators, by burning corpses of the slain agitators.
IPOB spokespersons, Barr Emma Nmezu and Dr Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, who made the allegation in a press statement, said 13 corpses of Biafran agitators killed by the security agents were discovered in Aba on February 12, 2016 but were later burnt by the military when the attention of the Amnesty International was drawn to the atrocity.
This, according to the statement which was made available to The AUTHORITY in Umuahia, was to destroy evidence of genocide by the security operatives and their possible trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
But when contacted, the Army Spokesman in Abia, Major Sydney Mbaneme simply said: “It is not true; it is a lie.”
He absolved the Army of any involvement in the alleged destruction of evidence of genocide.
The IPOB statement read in part: “On Friday, the 12th of February 2016, we discovered 13 murdered corpses of Biafrans which were dumped by killer-soldiers of 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in a burrow pit located in Asa, along Aba-Port Harcourt Road in Abia State.
“Human Rights Organisations, Amnesty International Representatives, and other third-party organisations visited the location between 12th and 15th of February 2016 for on-the-spot assessment during which pictures were taken and video coverage made of the carnage.
“On the 21st of February 2016, Brig-General Ayuba Tedman Hamman, the Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army, announced that an investigative team from the Nigerian Army has been dispatched to Aba to verify the authenticity of the news about the killing of Biafrans by soldiers of the 144 Battalion.
“Meanwhile, Amnesty International had already commenced investigations and planned a second visit to the dump site. On their second visit to the site on the 1st of March 2016, the Amnesty International Representative discovered that the corpses were up in flames in addition to different types of chemicals that were poured on the decomposing bodies.