Police deny alleged killing of IPOB members

Police deny alleged killing of IPOB members

20 Jan 2017, by Database Manager in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

On January 20, 2017, 63 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who embarked on a solidarity rally support of Donald Trump’s Inaugration as President of the United States in in Rivers state were arrested, and one member shot dead by security forces in the state. The Police in Rivers state denied the killing and claimed that the said members of IPOB were on an illegal protest to actualise a sinister agenda and the security operatives had to rise to the occasion.

Details of Occurrence

State of OccurrenceRivers
Date of Occurrence20 Jan 2017
Security Agents InvolvedJoint security operation by the Police and Army in Rivers state.
Legal FoundationsSection 40 of the 1999 Nigerian constitution asserts the fundamental right of assembly and association.
Rights ImplicatedThe rights of members of IPOB to assembly and association were violated by the security agenices during the disruption and violent putown of their solidarity rally.

One member of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was shot dead

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