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Some troops of the Nigerian military which comprises of some of Naval and Army officials have reportedly besieged and massacred dozens of innocent citizens in the Ogbaru communities of Anambra State in a series of retaliatory killings in the community.
The massacre as it was reported had taken place on Tuesday night, on the 28th while spreading into the early hours of Wednesday, 29th June 2022 at Ossomala, Umunankwo and Obeagwa communities.
The deployment of some of the military personnel in the area had begun in the evening of Tuesday during which they claimed to be looking for some of the unknown gunmen that recently laid the area under siege, according to sources.
The soldiers later turned their guns on the defenceless and unarmed natives and others, while abandoning the forests where the locals said were the hideouts of the unknown gunmen located inside big river/swamp forest of Obene-Ochuche/Umuzu/Okija divided by Ulasi River.
The soldiers were said to have been mobilised from Ogbaru Naval Base and Onitsha 302 Artillery Regiment in over 20 trucks with arms and ammunition. They were said to have targeted defenceless locals mainly young males and opened fire on them at close range and killed dozens. They also wounded and arrested others who are later to be questionably labelled them as “ESN/IPOB hoodlums”.
Videos and pictures of the massacre obtained on Saturday, showed abandoned corpses shot on foreheads, heart regions, stomach and back and penis region littered in one of the community’s playground and other locations.
Relatives were equally seen crying besides corpses. Women were also seen carrying the corpses of their husbands on wheelbarrows.
In some videos, soldiers were seen placing pump action guns on top of some of the citizens killed to probably justify the massacre or their labeling as “IPOB/ESN” fighters.