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Nigeria’s military executes six Christian soldiers framed for crime

According to a lawyer working for the families of one of the victims, Nigeria’s government executed six Christian soldiers in the city of Abuja based on false charges. The soldiers were framed for a crime committed by one of their superior officers, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law Chair Emeka Umeagbalasi told The Christian Post.


A Muslim colonel stole weapons from an armoury, then blamed the twelve soldiers on duty for the theft. The military then accused the six Christian soldiers who were all members of Nigeria’s Igbo tribe, said Umeagbalasi. They died on the 25th of January, not because of their actions, but because they were both Igbo and Christian, he said.

“The government of today detests Christianity and detests the Igbo tribe,” he said. “You receive serious discrimination against Igbo officers. It’s terrible. This administration is running an ethnic agenda against the Igbo population.”

Nigeria’s Constitution says the military has no authority to execute people and that prisoners should be able to appeal to a higher court. The military now claims that the men were never executed However, they have not been returned to their families or appeared in public.

A letter signed by twenty-eight human rights groups, including Intersociety, the World Igbo Congress, Concerned Elites for Better Society Initiative, and Biafra Genocide Survivors Group demands answers from the Nigerian government.

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