The Omu of Asaba, Nne Ndi Enyi, Mrs. Chizea,
met with the research team
and described her
memory of the massacre.
Here we post documents and information pertaining to the massacres in Asaba. A bibliography
is under development; please check back regularly!
The Nigerian Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission
Also known as the Oputa Panel. This commission met in 2001, to hear details of many
alleged human rights violations. Its lengthy report was not officially released,
but has become available on the Internet.
The events at Asaba are mentioned in Chapter 2 (2.23) and Chapter 6 (6.20). For
more details of the Panel, visit
http://www.nigerianmuse.com/nigeriawatch/oputa/. For an analysis of the
work of the panel, see N. V. Nwogu (2007) Shaping Truth, Reshaping Justice: Sectarian
Politics and the Nigerian Truth Commission (New York: Lexington Books).
Petition to Oputa Panel on Behalf of the Igbo
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a pan-Igbo rights group presented a petition to the Oputa Panel,
laying out details of anti-Igbo violations, including the Asaba massacres. : To read a copy of this petition, either go to: http://www.westafricareview.com/vol2.2/ohaneze.pdf, or click here. For
a 2001 report in Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper on the petition, go to: http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/34a/051.html
General Gowon’s Apology to Asaba
For a report of Gowon’s apology, click here.
Partial List of Asaba Dead
In 1981, the Asaba Development Council compiled a partial list of those killed in
October 1967, divided by the quarter in which they lived.