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Another Igbo soldier convicted, sentenced to death by firing squad in Maiduguri

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The Nigerian Army has secretly convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad another Igbo Christian soldier by name: Trooper Azunna Mmadubuchi.

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations based in the southeastern part of Nigeria, the Eastern Nigeria’s rights and intelligentsia coalition, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

The revelation came barely twenty-four hours after the coalition, on Tuesday, revealed that six Igbo Christian operatives attached to the Armory Department of the Nigerian Army, Abacha Barracks in Abuja, were secretly executed after a bogus hasty secret trial.

ElombahNews, on Tuesday, reported the execution of the six Igbo Christian Army operatives attached to Abacha Barracks in Abuja.

The coalition, in the statement, gave the names of the executed officers as Prince Ukwuoma, son of a traditional ruler; Ebube Isaiah, Amos Azubuike, Ekene Ebere, Moses Anyim and Godwin Uchendu.

Four of the six slain Igbo Christian soldiers; namely: (1) Prince Ukwuoma (in Army uniform with rifle), (2) Ebube Isaiah (in Army uniform with rifle), (3) Moses Anyim (in civilian cap) and (4) Godwin Uchendu (in passport)
Four of the six slain soldiers; namely: (1) Prince Ukwuoma (in Army uniform with rifle), (2) Ebube Isaiah (in Army uniform with rifle), (3) Moses Anyim (in civilian cap) and (4) Godwin Uchendu (in passport)

It was reported that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai [Retired] ordered for the arrest of 12 soldiers guarding the armory.

The arrested officers included six Igbo soldiers, three Yoruba soldiers and three Fulani-Hausa Muslim soldiers.

The group expressed dismay that at the end only the six Igbo Christian soldiers were executed while “the latter soldiers were shielded and exonerated under questionable circumstances”.

In the current case of Trooper Mmadubuchi, the coalition expressed worries over his fate, whether he has been secretly executed or still kept alive in some dungeon.

It challenged the Nigerian Army to “update Nigerians as per whether it has also secretly executed or still keeping alive another Igbo soldier convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad in Maiduguri, Borno State in January, 2021, by name: Trooper Azunna Mmadubuchi”.

Meanwhile, Eastern Nigeria’s rights and intelligentsia coalition has dismissed as futile efforts by the Army to refute reports that it secretly and horrendously executed the six Igbo Christian soldiers inside the Abacha Barracks in Abuja on Monday, 25th January, 2021.

It said that Army’s anonymous denial is purposive admission of complicity and total failure in providing answers to key questions.

The group noted that Barr E. R. Okoroafor, a member of the Coalition and originator of the information had in his phone interview with the Abuja Correspondent of the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), yesterday’s evening (2th Feb 2021).

Okoroafor insisted that the “six Igbo Christian soldiers were secretly tried and executed and challenged the Army to not only produce them alive, hale and hearty, but also tell Nigerians and the world what actually happened including where the Army kept them and why they were kept as well as whether they were tried in secret and condemned for secret execution”.

The Coalition stated that “uploading montage pictures of the slain soldiers with “Fake News” written over same or hiring a consultancy firm to write a statement signed by “an anonymous senior Army officer” is in no way a credible and concrete reply and ordinarily should not be taken serious”.

It noted with disdain that the Nigerian Army is noted for and fond of falsehood, lying, cover-ups and evidence destruction as its routine and modus since 2015.

The intelligentsia coalition cited the example of Army operatives who, after massacring hundreds of defenseless Easterners in 2015 and 2016, set up a kangaroo panel in 2017 and in the end claimed that “no single citizen was killed in the East”.

It also cited the denial of abduction of over 400 Obigbo residents in Rivers State by the Army despite concretely evidential court processes and decisions including the release of 145 of the abductees.

These were secretly and inhumanly thrown into solitary captivity for more than three months since 21st October and early November 2020.

“Till today, the Nigerian Army has refused to speak or release the remaining abductees unconditionally or remorsefully apologize to the victims and Nigerians and hold the perpetrators tightly accountable,” it stressed.

Soldier Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini
Soldier, Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini called out Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai and got arrested

In the meantime, the whereabouts of a soldier, Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini [above], who called out the former Chief of Army Staff—Buratai in a video and got arrested, has remained unknown.

Unofficial reports say he has been secretly killed and buried by the Nigerian Army under Buratai’s instructions.

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