According to Bianca Ojukwu, an Anambra agency has discovered numerous mass graves, with a reported 322 individuals believed to have been killed.

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Busy Bee November 9, 2023
Updated 2023/11/09 at 11:34 AM

Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the wife of the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, has raised concerns about the existence of a mass grave in Anambra State. In a statement posted on her verified Facebook page titled “A mass grave site discovered in Anambra sealed off for forensic investigation,” Bianca revealed that the discovery was made through testimonies and brought to the attention of the Anambra State Truth, Justice, and Peace Commission, of which she is the secretary.

While not disclosing the exact location of the grave site, Bianca mentioned that the commission, established by Governor Chukwuma Soludo in June 2022 to investigate violent agitations in the state and the South-East geopolitical zone, had concluded its second phase of public hearings. During the proceedings, 39 witnesses testified on oath, and 243 exhibits were collected.

According to Bianca, the witnesses attested that approximately 322 individuals were confirmed dead or killed due to violence, and many others remained missing or unverified. Additionally, 18 persons were identified as missing or disappeared. The shocking revelation of a mass grave site prompted the commission’s chairman, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, to order its sealing for forensic investigation by pathologists.

Bianca emphasized the commission’s commitment to uncovering the truth behind the victims’ identities and the circumstances of their deaths. The Anambra Truth, Justice, and Peace Commission had previously conducted its first phase of public hearings between June and July, considering 24 petitions and meeting with 48 witnesses.

“The establishment of a Bureau of Missing Persons, as recommended by this Commission, is now operational in the state to document missing persons and the circumstances of their disappearance.

These are indeed distressing and unsettling times. May God bring healing to our land. Amen.”

Upon reaching out to Christian Aburime, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Anambra State, regarding awareness of the situation, he mentioned that no formal report had been submitted to the government.

Aburime stated, “She might be referring to the activities of the Truth and Justice Commission, led by Governor Soludo and chaired by Prof. Odinkalu, where she serves as the secretary. I cannot comment until an official report is presented to the state government.”

In a phone conversation, Prof. Odinkalu, the Chairman of the commission, clarified, “Ambassador Bianca, as the Secretary to the Commission, was summarizing the work we conducted during the recently concluded public hearing. The commission is now making arrangements to secure the site and mobilize pathologists. Naturally, such work cannot proceed under the glare of media attention.”

Despite attempts to seek information, the police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, did not respond to inquiries regarding the development.

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