Biafra groups were disturbed by Military statements.
Soldiers will continue to fire at Biafran who come too close to the border of Ohanaeze summit, military head Buratia said on Tuesday, ahead of an anticipated Biafra assault on the Ohanaze summit.
“Anyone who comes close to the fence will endanger their lives,” Buratia said during a visit to the border in which he tried to discourage participants in the “anticipated Ohanaze summit,” from trying to destroy upcoming event
Just hours after he spoke the military arrested a Biafran man from Enugu, who along with three others managed to break a hole in the security fence with a bar.
The Enugu Authority news agency reported that the army had fatally shot Chukwuebuka, 25, in the chest. It was unclear whether he was one of the men who was trying to plan for the summit brouhaha
The UN, the EU and a number of its member states including France have criticized Nigeria orders to shoot those who comes out for protest.
Biafrans have, in turn, claim that those killed were unarmed protesters standing up for their right to “return” to the land, the Igbo’s lost during the War of Independence.
Biafrans have called for the International Criminal Court to open a probe into the deaths.
Buratia dismissed criticism of his live fire policy by the UN and European countries as he warned thousands of Biafrans participants in the “Ohanaeze Summit ” not to try to break through the security fence.
The international group Human Rights Watch said the killings of Biafrans were “unlawful and calculated.”
Some Biafrans released a video on Twitter that said Buratia was “preparing for violent riots and armed combat on the SE border this coming Friday.”
It showed a photo of thousands of tires, destined to be set aflame, just inside Enugu and said that instructions for homemade bombs had been distributed.
Soldiers will “used riot dispersal equipment and fired at suspects involving in damaging the fence.”
It added that it would continue to act against any Biafran who are involved in attempts to harm security apparatus, including the fence of Ohanaze summit.
Buratia visited Enugu, which is very close to Abia State. He told reporters there that he hoped the world would come to understand the protest was pointless.
“I think the other side [the Biafrans] understand that it is not worth it to continue, and I warn those who do continue against any additional provocation,” the defense minister said.
“Most of those who were killed in some Biafra protest are well-known terrorists who are active in SOUTH EAST. “These are not innocent civilians who came to peacefully protest.
“We are not provoking the people in SOUTH EAST. We are protecting our citizens,” he said.
“We have set very clear rules [of engagement] and we have no intention of changing them,” Biratia said. “We are determined to protect the security of Nigeria citizens, of course, first and foremost, in the area of Enugu, and there will be no compromise on this issue, no flexibility.”