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Nigeria is known for incessant cases of missing persons. As is the tradition, the family of a missing person would report to Police authorities, then engage in endless searches in hospitals and morgues. Findings however, indicate that while some cases are traceable to ritualists, accidents of hit and run drivers, the major causes of missing persons are linked to protesters who get killed or arrested and given extra judicial execution by security operatives. This is usually the case when the victimized protester bears no identity card especially when family members are unaware of the engagement in a protest. For example, members of Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, before its proscription, were known to participate in protests without carrying identity cards on their bodies. This gave rise to lingering cases of missing persons associated with their clashes with security forces. Instances also abound when mass graves of victims were discovered without the ability to identify the bodies. For the avoidance of any ambiguity, several cases abound when IPOB members clashed with security operatives in many parts of South East. For example, in its report dated March 4th, 2016, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law reveals that scavengers discovered bodies of 13 IPOB members who were dumped in a burrow pit and set ablaze in Asa area of Aba - PH road in Abia state. The report further shows that on February 9th, 2016, some members of IPOB were praying in the home of Nnamdi Kanu for his release from detention when a combined team of the military swooped on them. This led to a clash resulting in 22 deaths and 30 wounded. At the end of the invasion, the military arrested scores of them and loaded both the dead and wounded out of the scene without any one knowing their identities. The exceptions are when top rank members are involved. For example, when IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu escaped from the military attack on his home, the Directorate of State Security, DSS was able to capture him as residing in Israel. Other influential members who were captured in DSS updated records include Uchechi Kanu (Kanu's wife) residing in UK, Sunday Onyekachi in Ghana, Ann Okafor in Ukraine, Okechukwu Ibeanu in Canada and Kenneth Uche Opara in UK. Unlike these high profile members, others become unidentifiable and their cases unresolved. It has therefore become imperative that protesters must always carry their personal identity cards with them for easy identification.
Nigeria is known for incessant cases of missing persons. As is the tradition, the family of a missing person would report to Police authorities, then engage in endless searches in hospitals and morgues. Findings however, indicate that while some cases are traceable to ritualists, accidents of hit and run drivers, the major causes of missing persons are linked to protesters who get killed or arrested and given extra judicial execution by security operatives. This is usually the case when the victimized protester bears no identity card especially when family members are unaware of the engagement in a protest. For example, members of Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, before its proscription, were known to participate in protests without carrying identity cards on their bodies. This gave rise to lingering cases of missing persons associated with their clashes with security forces. Instances also abound when mass graves of victims were discovered without the ability to identify the bodies. For the avoidance of any ambiguity, several cases abound when IPOB members clashed with security operatives in many parts of South East. For example, in its report dated March 4th, 2016, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law reveals that scavengers discovered bodies of 13 IPOB members who were dumped in a burrow pit and set ablaze in Asa area of Aba - PH road in Abia state. The report further shows that on February 9th, 2016, some members of IPOB were praying in the home of Nnamdi Kanu for his release from detention when a combined team of the military swooped on them. This led to a clash resulting in 22 deaths and 30 wounded. At the end of the invasion, the military arrested scores of them and loaded both the dead and wounded out of the scene without any one knowing their identities. The exceptions are when top rank members are involved. For example, when IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu escaped from the military attack on his home, the Directorate of State Security, DSS was able to capture him as residing in Israel. Other influential members who were captured in DSS updated records include Uchechi Kanu (Kanu's wife) residing in UK, Sunday Onyekachi in Ghana, Ann Okafor in Ukraine, Okechukwu Ibeanu in Canada and Kenneth Uche Opara in UK. Unlike these high profile members, others become unidentifiable and their cases unresolved. It has therefore become imperative that protesters must always carry their personal identity cards with them for easy identification.
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