Five out of over a hundred residents of Obigbo (Oyigbo) in Rivers State secretly held at the Nigerian Army’s Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja, Niger State, have lost their lives, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) announced today, Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
A statement signed by the group’s Principal Officers; Emeka Umeagbalasi, Obianuju Igboeli, and Esq., Chidimma Udegbunam, Esq. gave the names of the victims as Thomas Ekwueme, Pius Onochie, Obinna Akapuru, Monday Ifeanyi and Tobechukwu Odoka.
Intersociety regretted that out of about 550 abducted Obigbo residents, “not less than 134 are still not independently located and are still languishing in secret military custodies, only known to the Nigerian Army.”
The rights group, however, announced the release of a fresh batch of 107 detainees. (See list below)
It said that “their release followed a court bail granted to them a week or two ago and perfection of their bail conditions. The 107 mostly Igbo Christian citizens of Obigbo residency have also successfully rejoined their families and other loved ones over nine months after they were waylaid by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on their way back from work or going to work and other legitimate social activities and abducted and disappeared.”
Intersociety recalled that soldiers “had on 21st Oct 2020 invaded the Obigbo part of Rivers State following the State-wide broadcast by Governor Nyesom Wike who hastily and maliciously accused the Indigenous People of Biafra of masterminding the EndSARS protests in the State that led to death of dozens of civilians and security personnel and destruction of some public properties. The Governor had played into the hands of the lopsidedly composed Nigerian Army which cashed in on his broadcast to lay the area under siege and go on killing spree leading to the death of not less than 102 civilians in two months, during which no fewer than 550 were abducted and private properties worth hundreds of millions of naira burnt or destroyed.”
The statement further said: “With the release of 107 Obigbo abductees in addition to release on 29/30th June 2021 of 26 others held by DSS and previous release of a total 283 other abductees; a total of 416 of the 550 abductees have been freed through various Court bails. In other words, not less than 134 are still not independently located and are still languishing in secret military custodies, only known to the Nigerian Army. It must be remembered that till date, the authorities of the Nigerian Army have kept mute over the abductions and disappearances; refusing to speak on why they were abducted and held in captivity for almost ten months without trial. Intersociety had in its statement of 6th July 2021 released names of the 112 abductees including the four (now five in number) that died.
“Sadly, among those 112 abductees, secretly held at the Nigerian Army’s Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja, Niger State, five have lost their lives; namely: Thomas Ekwueme, Pius Onochie, Obinna Akapuru, Monday Ifeanyi and Tobechukwu Odoka.”
Below are the names and states of origin of those recently released in Suleja-Abuja.
NAMES AGES STATE Benjamin Eze 27 ANAMBRA Paul Uwazieike 22 ABIA Humphrey vickie 38 EBONYI Peter Umeze 20 IMO OdemgboIsreal 26 ANAMBRA Prince Achi 30 ABIA Wie Gift 25 EBONYI KamsoIgnatus 27 ANAMBRA Chibuike Ochi 29 ANAMBRA Bobo Ochi 32 IMO Mensah Boniface 44 ENUGU Elechi Sylvester 29 ENUGU AmadiChinasa 30 IMO Okeke Zachariah 41 IMO Mebechi Justice 35 ABIA AnwulukaDieide 22 EBONYI Alphonsus white 47 EBONYI Saturday Amonwa 24 EBONYI Daniel Onwubiko 31 IMO SupuruOnochie 22 IMO Clifford Francis 25 ABIA EmekaUgbochi 26 ABIA EchefunaUchenna 24 ABIA Anthony Okpara 31 IMO Godswill Ike 30 IMO IkennaAbuoma 29 ENUGU Paul Nwille 28 ABIA Okochi Emmanuel 27 ANAMBRA Richard Okoli 28 ANAMBRA Imma Sunny 27 ANAMBRA Johnson Akabuku 26 IMO MichealAzubuike 24 EBONYI Oku Confidence 22 EBONYI Mark Uche 22 EBONYI Mr Dominic Asiema 20 ABIA Freedom Acalpu 21 ABIA Nsikak Friday 20 EBONYI ChinonsoAmaechi 25 EBONYI Bright Sunday 26 ABIA OkparaDinma 48 ABIA John Igweba 21 ABIA HumpheryChukwunonoso 21 EBONYI Boniface Uwuoma 45 IMO OsaretinChinda 23 ABIA Ekene Denison 25 EBONYI Emma Maduabuchi 40 ENUGU Chiedu Kelvin 29 EBONYI Osita Austin 28 ABIA Legit Kerere 27 IMO Eric Alphonsus 28 ABIA Iyke 37 ENUGU Godwin Ume 30 IMO ChineyezeEkpere 35 ENUGU Innocent Odum 37 IMO Pastor Uchenna 35 IMO Boniface Ume 30 IMO Gilbert 29 EBONYI Okafor Kingsley 28 ANAMBRA ChieyuranIbe 26 ABIA Emeka David 25 ABIA Sodienye Moses 24 ABIA OnyinyeNwokeke 23 IMO Monday Ogah 28 IMO IfeomaIgwe 26 ABIA ChikeJideofor 38 IMO ChukwudiAnyazue 35 IMO Chimezie 32 ENUGU Ayigbo 31 EVONYI Chijioke 29 EBONYI Ekene 26 IMO Nwude 25 ENUGU Vincent 28 IMO Ugochukusu 26 ANAMBRA AdrewIheme 24 IMO Thomas Ibekwe 22 ENUGU Precious Anozie 25 ABIA Cletus Justice 23 ABIA Augustine 34 ABIA OsitaChikwado 27 ABIA Adam Kennedy 29 ENUGU EgesiGoffrey 38 IMO ChidiOkeke 29 IMO Egbo Godwin 38 IMO TobechukwuUdoka 29 EBONYI Chineyenze Bishop 34 IMO AkaudoObinna 21 ENUGU KanyineneUche 20 IMO AzubuikeCalistus 32 ANAMBRA Victor Ugoechi 31 ANAMBRA OkwuNonyerem 31 IMO KamsoAnayo 39 IMO SopuruDikachi 35 ENUGU ChibuikeUzo 32 ENUGU Osuagwu Emmanuel 31 IMO Ojiako Bright 33 IMO Harrison Jude 34 IMO Winner Onukube 32 IMO Chika Dede 30 IMO Papa Emma 28 IMO Success Mba 26 IMO Clifford Obunneme 27 IMO ChieunraChukwuma 38 ENUGU Ekweme Thomas 36(Dead) IMO Pius Onochie 32(Dead) ENUGU ObinnaAkapuru 28(Dead) IMO Monday Ifeanyi 27(Dead) IMO