BREAKING: 5 detained Obigbo residents dies in army custody, 134 still missing

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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.”

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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.

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“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

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