Rights group, Amnesty International (AI) has said that it is investigating the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Umuahia, Abia state.
In a statement sent to journalists on Friday, September 15, the director of the organisation, Osai Ojigho expressed concerns over the conduct of the Nigerian military.
“We are deeply concerned by reports of violence and alleged loss of lives across Nigeria following clashes between the Nigerian military and supporters of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Umuahia, Abia state.
“We are calling on the authorities to ensure the security forces prioritize the protection of people and avoid excessive force.
“We are investigating all allegations of human rights violations and urge the authorities to investigate and quickly bring those suspected of unlawful killings and other serious violations to justice,”the statement said.
The statement also tasked the Nigerian authorities to rein in on the security forces and ensure accountability after reports of violence.
Meanwhile, the National Consultative Meeting of Oodua Republic Front, has said anyone displaced from the southeast as a result of the ongoing crisis in the region would be welcome in the southwest.
This was contained in the group's resolution after its meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo state on Wednesday, September 13.
The resolution which was signed Mr Jubril Ogundinmu on behalf of the group, stated that the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was becoming worrisome.