5 Dead, 30 Others Injured in Clash Between Military, IPOB

Five people hsve been comfirmed dead in a clash between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) this afternoon in Aba, Abia State.
The groups’ protest was to push for the release of the detained leader of IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who has been in detention since November last yea
Reports have it that about 30 members of groups, IPOB and MASSOB, sustained degrees of gunshots and are being treated in different parts of the commercial city.
Report also has it that another person who was said to have been hit by a stray bullet died at a hospital within the city centre where the victim was rushed for medical attention, but due to loss of blood and delay in getting medical attention, died in the hospital.
The fracas were said to have ensued between the protesters and the security agencies forced commercial activities to a standstill as many shop owners in various markets and within the city centre forcefully closed for business.
According to a report, a 20-year-old apprentice who was identified as Chidozie Okafor, the only son of his parents and a native of Omuohu, in Eziagu local government council of Enugu State died immediately along St. Michael’s road about 1.pm after a stray bullet allegedly fired by a soldier hit him on his way back to his master’s shop at Pound road after having his lunch.
It was gathered that the pro-biafra groups who had forewarned Aba residents last week of Monday’s protest, after being dispersed by a combined team of security agencies at National High School along Port-Harcourt road; there usual point of takeoff in the morning, later regrouped around Asa and Park road.
Sources said that while the protesters had regrouped, security agencies that were on their trail attempted to disperse them, but met stiff resistance by the groups.
Soldiers serving under 144 Battalion that were sent to curtain the protest were said to have been overpowered by the protesters, hence they started shooting sporadically in a bid to scare the crowd.
They said that the event however took another dimension when the live ammunition from the soldiers’ guns hit some of the protesters.
They also confirmed that some members of the protesters were arrested in the process.
The National Welfare Officer of Uchenna Madu led MASSOB, Mr. Jude Chukwu, condemned the killings, and alleged that about five members of the group were reported dead, while 30 others are receiving medical attention in undisclosed medical centre in Aba and its environs.
Chukwu while blaming police and soldiers for the loss of lives claimed that the protest was peaceful until the security agencies started firing live bullets on unarmed citizens.

Author: News Editor

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