The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has disclosed that it has uncovered the corpses of persons suspected to be their members who were allegedly massacred by soldiers during their “Operation Python Dance” in Abia state.
The Media and Publicity Secretary for IPOB in a statement made available on Tuesday by Comrade Emma Powerful, claimed that the corpses were discovered by its intelligence unit in Ogwe Village, Ukwa district of Abia state.
He said, “This gruesome find will once again drive home the horrors of Operation Python Dance and why all those that participated in its instigation and execution such as Ohaneze Ndigbo, South East governors and selected Igbo elders and politicians must not go unpunished.
“If anything, this cold blooded execution and unceremonious dumping of bodies in the forest by Fulani soldiers in Ukwa under the control of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu is ample justification for the recent decision of IPOB to disengage from any further talks with Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors until all issues surrounding the genocidal Operation Python Dance is cleared up.
“Had these number of murder victims been discovered in any Muslim country, region or part of the world, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, Britain, USA and world media will be up in arms demanding explanation and holding the perpetrators accountable.
“Because these events are happening to Biafrans in Nigeria; where an Islamic government, along with her security operatives staffed by Fulani officers are aiding and protecting Hausa/Fulani herdsmen and their kinsmen in the army from the consequences of the worst form of ethnically motivated genocide presently in Africa, the world remains deaf to the cries of IPOB.
He suggested that the site of the decomposed bodies should be designated as an international crime scene and promptly investigated, declaring that should the United Nations, ICC, USA and European Union fail to act on this gruesome discovery of mass grave of Biafrans in Ukwa Ngwa, Abia state,
“we would conclude that there exists a credible bias and conspiracy to exterminate and Islamise Biafra by the pro-Islamic international community.
“As we draw near to the anniversary of the murderous invasion of Afaraukwu on September 14, 2017, we once again call on Igbo governors, the global Christian community, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other reputable and relevant human rights organizations around the world,
to prevail upon the International Criminal Court, the Nigeria government and her security operatives to release the remaining dead bodies of Biafrans in their custody since last year.
“We demand that an international panel of enquiry must be constituted as a matter of urgency to investigate the atrocities of this Buhari regime against innocent populations in Nigeria and Biafra in particular,” Powerful added.
When contacted. the Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna said the police was yet to receive such information.