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Security Operatives, IPOB Clash in Anambra Leaves One Person Dead


Clashes between security agencies and members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Wednesday, left ine person dedicated.
The incident which took place at Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State was said to have been caused by the news of the planned visit by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu to the town with the message of no election in the state.
Kanu and his IPOB members had vowed to boycott and disrupt the November 18 polls in the state.
Kanu had said for the polls to hold, Federal Government should oblige them with a referendum to determine the fate and plausibility of a Sovereign State of Biafra.
It was gathered early in the morning on Wednesday, security operatives made up of soldiers, police and other paramilitary agencies had converged on Ekwulobia.
“The security operatives came in 14 trucks. But despite the heavy presence of security in the area, the IPOB members were still parading the area, singing and chanting Biafran songs.
“The Biafran flags, caps, shirts and other items being sold by some youths were seized and burnt by the security operatives.
“The situation angered the IPOB members and they tried to attack the security operatives who tear-gassed everybody and in the process, one of their (IPOB) members was killed,” a source who would not want to be identified, said.
Kanu was not in the town during the clash.
However, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, in a press statement said nobody died during the encounter.
She confirmed presence of security operatives in the area, saying that it was to avoid breach of peace.
She said in the statement:“There was nothing like that (death). The presence of the security men was to secure the people of the area from being attacked by hoodlums.
“A complaint was received by the police that there was a gathering and blockage of road by some people at Central School, Ekwulobia in Aguata LGA.
“The Police with other security agencies on joint patrol went to the scene, dispersed and cleared the road peacefully without any clash.
“However, normalcy has been restored and people are going about their business without any threat or molestation.”

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