August 16, 2022

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Chronology of recorded killings of Biafrans in Nigeria 

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From June 22, 1945 to September 28, 2013.

1) The first incident in which the murder of Igbo ethnic people took place in Nigeria was in Jos on 22 June 1945. Hundreds of Igbos were murdered by the Hausa-Fulani during the pogrom and tens of thousands of pounds sterling worth of their property either looted or destroyed. No single person was apprehended or charged by the British regime nor an enquiry set to determine the “official” cause of this gruesome act. The second mass killing of Igbos happened in Kano in 1953. In both cases, thousands of Igbo people with their families were brutally murdered and their property looted.

2) Between May and October 1966, more than 30,000 Igbos and were killed in Northern Nigeria, and between October 1966 and June 1967 more than 100,000 more were massacred.  In some instances, pregnant women were killed, unborn babies pulled out of their wombs and murdered as well.  Many

of the victims were beheaded.

3) Then from July 6, 1967–January 15, 1970 more than 3.5 million Biafrans were killed in Nigeria-Biafra war and many civilians died mainly from starvation as a result of the federal blockade.

4) Hundreds of Biafrans were killed again between 1993 – 1998 in northern Nigeria because of Moshood Abiola, the winner of June 12 elections. More Igbos were also massacred when Abacha and Abiola died between 8 June and July 7, 1998.

5) At the beginning of 2001, the Islamic Sharia law was implemented in Kaduna State and a particular incident in 2002 saw at least more than 1,000 Igbos killed in a particular riot.  Among those murdered were parents of Victor Moses (Austin and Josephine Moses), current member

of Nigeria’s national soccer team that won the continental trophy in 2013.

6) Between February  16 – December 26, 2002 thousands of Igbos were killed in Northern Nigeria and the root cause of the killing and riot was the implementation of Sharia law in the Northern states of Nigeria.

Among those killed were three Igbo Christian pastors including George Orji who was killed by beheading.

7) In November 2002, hundreds of Igbos were massacred again following controversy around the hosting of Miss World beauty contest in Nigeria.


8) The APO-SIX killings occurred in June, 2005 in which the Nigeria Police Force extra-judicially killed six

young Igbos (Ekene Isaac Mgbe, Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony and Augustina

Arebu) in Apo-Abuja. Till this day none of the police officers accused of this shockingly evil crime has been brought to justice.

9) On 18th of February 2006 in Maiduguri and in almost all the northern states of Nigeria, the Muslims protesting over the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper killed more than 100 Igbos. The Muslims attacked Christians and burned churches in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.

10) From March 2006 to July 2007, hundreds of Igbos were killed in almost all the northern states of Nigeria especially in Jos. The crisis was between Muslims and Christians.


11) On October 8, 2007, another religious violence again broke out in Northern Nigeria in a row over the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper and over 100 of people were

massacred, majority of them Igbos.


12) Between March 11, 2010  and September 1, 2011 over 500 Christians of Igbo extraction were massacred outside Plateau state capital, Jos. This time the killings took place in a mainly Christian village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state.

13) On 24th April 2011, more than 1,000 Biafrans were killed in post-election violence in Nigeria and among those killed were Obinna Okpokiri, who returned from London to serve his fatherland and was posted to

Bauchi State, and Eucharia Remmy a  graduate from the University of Nigeria in 2010, serving in Damaturu, Yobe State. Muslim youths launched protests in northern towns and cities after President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from Biafra, was declared the winner of the 16 April election, defeating northern Muslim Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler.

14) On June 16, 2011, a Boko haram suicide bomber drove a car bomb onto the premises of the Louis Edet House in Abuja, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force with a possible intention to kill Inspector-General of Police Hafiz Ringim whose convoy he followed into the compound. He was however limited by the concentration of security personnel within the entrance.  The bomber and one Igbo traffic policeman were killed, though authorities said up to six people may have been killed.


This story was lifted from the internet.



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