Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said it had discovered decomposing bodies of its slain members in a forest at Obiawom village, Ogwe Autonomous Community in the oil rich Asa Land, Ukwa West Local Government of Abia State.
The IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said in a statement that the horrific discovery of more bodies of the group’s members would once again drive home its claims that the ‘Operation Python Dance 2’ remained one of the most ignored gruesome acts against humanity which had continuously received conspiracy of silence from concerned authorities.
The group also said that such painful discovery was ample justification for the recent decision it took to disengage from any further talks with Ohaneze Ndigbo and South-East governors until all issues surrounding the ‘genocidal’ Operation Python Dance was cleared up.
It, however, called on the global Christian community, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other reputable and relevant human rights organisations around the world, to prevail on the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Nigerian Government and her security operatives to release the remaining bodies of Biafrans in their custody since last year.
“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) commend our intelligence unit over the horrific discovery of yet more dead bodies of slain Biafrans in Obiawom village of Ogwe Autonomous Community in Asa Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State. 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 dead bodies in the forest by Fulani soldiers in Obiawom village in Ukwa West 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 (ICC), 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. The site of these decomposed bodies should be designated as an international crime scene and promptly investigated.”
Some of the community members said apart from the bodies of about four persons found in a section of the forest, bodies of over 30 persons were seen in a ditch in another section of the forest.
A resident, who claimed to have seen the said 30 corpses, said they had started decomposing as indications showed that they might have been dumped in the last two weeks by yet-to-be known persons.
“We are not at war with any community. All I can tell you is that our people are farmers and our business is farming. We were shocked when we saw the bodies in a forest in the village and one wonders who were those that took us unawares to come into our village to dump these bodies?
“We are confused, really over this development. Something urgent should be done to avert any outbreak of disease in our community,” the resident said.
Others said they feared arrest of innocent indigenes by members of security agencies who had been parading the community since the bodies were discovered.