Biafra: 6 juvenile secessionist arraigned in court for alleged murder

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A Biafra supporter holding a flag.

The accused were arraigned on the suspicion that they murdered a senior policeman.

Juvenile affiliates of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) amounting to six in number, were arraigned at the Aba North Chief Magistrate Court on allegations of murder, arson and theft.

The accused persons, Chidiebube Ngozi, 15; Ebuka Sampson, 15; Isaiah Bassey, 15; David Okoro, 15; Ubabuko Tochukwu,15; Oluebube Okeke,15, were  summoned alongside four other older individuals according to the Daily Post News.

A court statement had found them to be suspects in the killing of a policeman ASP Cyril Nwosu on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It is coming in the midst of tensions in eastern Nigeria since the recent call for division.

“That you, Emmanuel John, Ifeanyi Amobi, Emmanuel Okon, Chidiebube Ngozi, Ebuka Sampson, Isaiah Bassey, David Okoro, Ubabuko Tochukwu and Oluebube Okeke on the 13th day of September, 2017 at the Divisional Police headquarters, Ariaria ,Aba in the Aba North magisterial district did unlawfully murder ASP Cyril Nwosu and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of the criminal code cap 80, vol.III Laws of Abia State of Nigeria 2005,”  the court statement reads.

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The incident is one in a list of brutal assault and harassment perpetrated by the Biafra agitators who are mostly youths. Bridget Anurika Eze, a staff of the  National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has written an account of how a company of herself and some work colleagues were intimidated by the IPOB supporters.

Eze expresses in shock how a group of violent youths who are strong believers in the secession cause almost burnt them alive because they didn't have a Biafra flag in a vehicle conveying them to an undisclosed location.



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