The Federal Government has freed suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra who had been detained by Nigerian Army personnel at the Imo River settlement in Abia State since February 27, 2020.
The PUNCH is able to corroborate that the victims, Sunday Nwafor, 59, Uzonwanne Ejiofor, 48, and Wilfred Dike, 36, were detained at the 14 Brigade Nigerian Army Ohafia, Abia State, for more than two years.
Amnesty International Nigeria has meanwhile praised the trio’s release.
Amnesty International urged the authorities to release information about the whereabouts of further victims of forced disappearances and incommunicado imprisonment in a statement on Wednesday evening.
“Amnesty International urges Nigerian authorities to provide information about the status of other victims of enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention, grant their families and lawyers access to them, charge them to court, or release them in the absence of any legal authority used to justify their continued detention,” the statement read in part.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Nigerian Army’s spokesperson, did not take calls or reply to our reporter’s WhatsApp or text messages on Wednesday evening.