The Campaign for Democracy, a human rights group based in Onitsha, Anambra State, has alleged that about 6,000 Igbo youths agitating for their rights have been killed by federal forces while no fewer than 800 are in detention in different prisons without trial.
The group made the allegation during a protest march in Anambra State over the alleged killings.
The placard-carrying protesters moved from Upper Iweka to Awka Road, Onitsha, even as the placards read “Our sons are languishing in detention without trial” and “Release Igbo youths now, CD tells FG”.
Other placards also read “INEC please stop this evil tactics – CD,” “Please probe the killings of 6,000 Igbo youths,” and “Who is afraid of Anambra Central Senatorial poll,” among others.
They also urged the Federal Government to release unconditionally, the national coordinator of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mr Chidiebere Onwudiwe.
National Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr Dede Uzor, also expressed concern on the non-conduct of election into Anambra Central Senatorial Zone.
“The protest is in respect of the recent killing of unarmed Igbo youths and the non-conduct of election in Anambra Central Senatorial Zone of the state and other parts of the country.
“This organization is not happy with the development and so, we decided to embark on protest to show the world that we want the Federal Government to look into the issues,” Uzor said.
He urged the Federal Government to constitute a panel of inquiry into the circumstances of the alleged killings of the youth, who embark on peaceful demonstrations for the realisation of Biafra.
He also bemoaned the recent arrest and detention of the national coordinator of IPOB leader, Chidiebere Onwudiwe without charging him to court where he could defend himself.
He said, statistics show that more than 800 Igbo youths agitating for their rights are in detention in different prisons without trial while about 6, 000 have been allegedly killed.