-Senators from the south-east plan to raise a motion over the Amnesty International reports which indicted the Nigerian Army for the extra-judicial killings of 150 Biafra agitators
– The lawmakers also plan to push for sanctions against other security agencies indicted in the AI report
Senators from the south-east are reportedly pushing for a federal probe of the Amnesty International (AI) report which indicted Nigerian security forces of killing unarmed pro-Biafra protesters.
AI had accused the army and other security agencies of extra-judicial killing of 150 unarmed pro-Biafra agitators while marking the anniversary of the heroes of the defunct Biafra in Anambra state.
Following the report by the AI, Sun reports that senators from the geo-political zone have planned to formally raise a motion on the matter in the chamber.
The lawmakers also plan to push for sanctions against security agencies indicted in the report by AI.
South-east caucus members who will sponsor the motion include: Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) who doubles as chairman of the caucus, Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West), Hope Uzodinma (Imo West), Andy Uba (Anambm South), Sunny Ogbuoji (Ebonyi South) and Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu East).
Others are Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North), Theodore Orji (Abia Central), Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East), Stella Oduah (Anambm North), Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo North), Chukwuma Utazi (Enugu North), Sam ngu (Ebonyi North) and Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central).
A lawmaker from the south east, who is familiar with details of the proposed motion, told the Sun that the lawmakers intend to mount pressure on the federal government to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the killings as contained in the Amnesty AI report within two weeks.
“We will urge the Federal Government to restrain its law enforcement agents from applying extreme force in the containment of peaceful protest,” the senator noted.
Officials of AI on Monday, December 5, submitted a comprehensive report on the extra-judicial killings of the protesters to Senator Abaribe, according to the lawmaker who doesn’t want to be named.
He said the visit was to furnish Abaribe with details of their findings in the South-east.
Senator Abaribe had, last Tuesday, raised a motion under matters of national importance, and urged Senate to debate the AI report.
His plea was adopted by the Senate.
Senate President, Bukola ruled that the motion will be debated this week.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared Operation David Dance to counter the Nigerian Army’s Operation Python Dance which was launched in the south-east geopolitical zone recently.
The group in a statement on Tuesday, December 6 in Awka, Anambra state, by IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said the Operation David Dance is recognised by the God Almighty in the Bible.
IPOB however called on its members to avoid confrontation with the army which it accused of planning to murder more south easterners in the name of providing security, Vanguard reports.
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