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Soldiers Enforcing Curfew Kill Unarmed Civilians In Southeast Community Ravaged By Terrorists

HumAngle learnt that Ogbaru is one of the communities where the Anambra State government imposed a curfew following repeated attacks by IPOB terrorists.

Some Nigerian soldiers have again killed a yet-to-be-ascertained number of people at Ogbaru community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria.

Residents said the incident happened on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, when the soldiers were enforcing the curfew imposed by Anambra State Government.

Chukwuma Soludo, Governor of Anambra State on May 25, declared a curfew in areas ravaged by terrorists under the banner of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Ogbaru is one of the communities that a curfew was imposed due to its high crime rate perpetrated by terrorists.

Though it was not immediately clear how many people were killed in the Sunday incident. Local sources told HumAngle that no fewer than ten people were shot dead by the soldiers.

“While we are not against the soldiers fighting IPOB militants, we are pained that the soldiers are searching our houses and killing our youths,” an elder of the community who spoke under anonymity told our reporter.

“We have lost a lot of innocent persons, and our youths are scared of going about their businesses.” 

HumAngle also obtained videos of the attack as #OgbaruMassacre trended on Twitter. 

Both Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra State Police Command Spokesperson and Onyema Nwachukwu, Nigerian Army Spokesperson, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to their phones concerning the incident.  

Also, Christian Aburime, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, did not respond to enquiries.

There have been various reports on how soldiers combating violence have opened fire on harmless and defenceless civilians, negating their role in protecting the lives and properties of citizens.

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Kabir works at HumAngle as the Editor of Southern Operations. He is interested in community development reporting, human rights, social justice, and press freedom. He was a finalist in the student category of the African Fact-checking Award in 2018, a 2019 recipient of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, and a 2020 recipient of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award. He was also nominated in the journalism category of The Future Awards Africa in 2020. He has been selected for various fellowships, including the 2020 Civic Media Lab Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship and 2022 International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) 'In The Name of Religion' Fellowship.

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