The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused Nigerian soldiers of hijacking 40 mourners in three buses, who were on their way to the burial of the parents of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia state.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, said the bus containing no fewer than 40 persons, coming from Aba, Igweocha and Owerri were hijacked at Ubakala Junction area of Abia state.
The group also accused Facebook Nigeria of collaborating with the Nigerian army and police to prevent dissemination of live video coverage of events on their platform.
The statement reads: “As the provocation, harassment, intimidation, kidnapping and arrest of mourners continue unabated along Enugu-Igweocha (Port Harcourt) Expressway, there are confirmed reports that 3 Coaster buses conveying mourners to Afaraukwu were hijacked by Nigerian soldiers at Ubakala Junction.
“We hope the world can see what these vandals in uniform are doing and duly taking note for future reference.
“Facebook Nigeria it appears are working hand in hand with the murderous Nigerian army and police, that failed woefully in the fight against Boko Haram in the north, by preventing real time dissemination of live video coverage of events on their platform, thereby aiding and abating human rights abuses in Biafraland.”
The group called for their immediate release to enable them to proceed to the burial ceremony.