NBA Reacts to Killing of IPOB Members by military in Rivers state

The Nigerian Bar Association on Thursday had set up a Fact finding team for Oyigbo in Rivers State due to reports of genocide by the military against the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The Team was made up of four people;; The NBA 1st vice president, John Aikopkoa Martins, Two former NBA Port Harcourt branch Chairmen; Victor Frank Briggs, and Anthonia Osademe and a former Ukwa Branch Chairman, Chimaroke Elie.

As a result of the killings of six soldiers and four policemen and the destruction of court buildings during the #EndSars Protest, The Rivers State Government Imposed a  curfew on the Entire Oyigbo Local Government Area.

The NBA President, Olumide Akpata said that the team would carryout Findings and Inquiries In Oyigbo...

Amidst Reports of Killings and violations of human  rights, he made enquiries about the situation from the ukwa and Port Harcourt Branch of NBA

Whilst the Chairmen of the two branches expressed concern over the situation, they however informed me that they were yet to conduct an on-the-spot assessment owing to the curfew imposed on the area by the State Government to forestall breakdown of law and order.

“In a separate telephone conversation with the Governor of Rivers State, H. E. Nyesom Wike, he categorically denied ordering any such shooting as rumoured, but acknowledged clashes between men of the Nigerian military and some suspected lPOB members in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State.

“The Governor further explained that the curfew imposed on the area was borne out of necessity and assured me that it would be lifted yesterday, 3rd November 2020. l have now confirmed that the curfew has indeed been lifted and that residents of the area are now able to go about their lawful activities.”
The NBA President Further stated the NBA’s position that respect for the fundamental rights “is non-negotiable and can only be derogatedfrom instances permitted by the Constitution or other laws

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