The Asaba massacre was a tragic event that occurred in Asaba, a town in Delta State, Nigeria, in October 1967, during the Nigerian Civil War. The massacre was carried out by Nigerian federal troops, who were responding to a rebellion by the secessionist Republic of Biafra, which sought to secede from Nigeria.
On October 5, 1967, Nigerian federal troops entered Asaba and rounded up hundreds of unarmed civilians, mostly men and boys. The soldiers accused the civilians of being sympathetic to the Biafran secessionist movement and subjected them to a brutal interrogation. Many of the civilians were summarily executed, while others were taken away and never seen again.
The Asaba massacre is estimated to have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians, many of whom were buried in mass graves. The massacre was a traumatic event for the people of Asaba and has been described as one of the most notorious war crimes committed during the Nigerian Civil War.
In the years following the massacre, there were calls for justice and accountability for those responsible. However, it was not until 2017, fifty years after the massacre, that the Nigerian government officially apologized for the events of October 1967 and pledged to work towards healing and reconciliation.
Today, the Asaba massacre serves as a reminder of the need to promote human rights, justice, and accountability in Nigeria, and to prevent similar atrocities from occurring in the future.