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Incident on 30 May 2016 Download as CSV Print this page

Location: Toll Gate/Oko Junction, Delta

Country: Nigeria

Violation types: Extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings

Perpetrator classifications: Military

Location


This incident took place in Toll Gate/Oko Junction, Delta, Nigeria

Description


According to Amnesty International: "The third incident of the day happened at around 9am, when IPOB members and supporters, who had regrouped at the Toll Gate/Oko Junction, along the highway between Delta and Anambra states, were stopped by the army and police. According to one eyewitness, who was at the front of the rally, a military commander told the protesters in the front that the Governor of Anambra state had instructed the military not to allow the protesters to cross the bridge to Onitsha. Chukwubuike Nwachukwu (not his real name), a 46- year-old civil servant who was at the front of the protest, said: “We told him that since we are not armed, why should he not allow us enter Anambra state? The man then ordered the soldiers to start shooting. He shouted ‘fire them’ and they started shooting at us.” Other witnesses confirmed that the shooting started after the police and soldiers told the IPOB members at the front of the rally that they had to leave. As one witness said: “The soldiers then started shooting at us. The police were shooting tear gas at the same time.” An additional witness told Amnesty International: “When we came back to the main road, I saw six corpses [being] taken away by the soldiers. Our leader instructed everyone to go back to his house.” Another man who was there said: “They open fire at us face-to-face. A friend of mine who was standing by my side was hit in his stomach. When I tried to drag him away, I was then hit by the bullet [in my hand]. So I left the body there and ran away. He was later taken by the police and army.” He said he hid in a swampy area close to the junction, from where he could see the military take the injured and dead away. According to witnesses, most of those killed by the military that day died at this location."