Friday, September 20, 2013
How Nigeria Security Agents Slaughtered Innocent Poor Squatters In Abuja Believed To Be "Boko Haram"
shot and killed by Nigerian security agents in Abuja today were in no
way linked to the dreaded Boko Haram sect as claimed by the
spokesperson of the Nigerian secret police, Marilyn Ogar.
The scene of the massacre was an uncompleted building at Bamanga Tukur
Street in the Apo Legislative Quarters.
Seventeen of those who survived the pre-dawn onslaught by uniformed
men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) spoke to us on their hospital beds
in Abuja, all of them vehemently denying being members of Boko Haram.
One of the survivors said they are day labourers who work in the city
to make ends meet, and later squat in uncompleted buildings by paying
the guards attached to those buildings. This morning, he said, they
were woken up by a surprising hail of bullets from the uniformed
Providing some background, he disclosed that an emissary of an army
general had given them a five-day quit notice but that today's
slaughter was carried out before they could move from the building.
SaharaReporters saw sleeping mats and cooking utensils belonging to
the squatters as well as blood splattered on the walls of the building
from the unusual attack on innocent civilians by the Nigerian military
claiming to be fighting Boko Haram.
Nigerian security agents insist that they killed the civilians after
they first came under attack while trying to dig out weapons hidden
underground by the insurgents, but one of the injured squatters told
SaharaReporters categorically that the soldiers fled the scene after
finding out they had killed innocent civilians.
"It was after the attack that some policemen and the SSS came to the
scene and even tried to help those of us that survived to get to
hospital," he said.