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Nigerian senators call for probe into alleged killings of pro -Biafran protesters

Nigerian senators call for probe into alleged killings of pro -Biafran protesters

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Following a report released by rights group Amnesty International accusing Nigeria’s military killing about 150 pro- Biafran activists, Nigerian senators representing the south -east region of the country are calling for the government to investigate the allegations.

In the report released on Thursday, Amnesty international accused security forces of firing live bullets on unarmed protesters earlier in May.

The Nigerian army denied the allegations saying that it intervened to prevent ethic clashes and accused the rights group of trying to tarnish its image.

However the south- east caucus in the senate is now urging the federal government to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the case.

The Indigenous People of Biafra welcomed the report by Amnesty saying that it has vindicated their earlier claims that security agencies in the country have been killing their members in cold blood.

The Biafran territories were forcibly annexed to present-day Nigeria during British colonisation, which ended in 1960.

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