Onitsha: 2 killed, scores injured, 10 arrested in MASSOB clash with Police

No fewer than two persons was feared dead on Wednesday in Onisha, the Anambra State Capital, following a violent clash between Police operatives and supporters of the movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). Secores were reported to have injured during the 19th anniversary Celebrations of the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led group


No fewer than two persons was feared dead on Wednesday in Onisha, the Anambra State Capital, following a violent clash between Police operatives and supporters of the movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

Secores were reported to have injured during the 19th anniversary Celebrations of the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led group on Wednesday, while Police arrested 10 believed to be leaders of the outlawed group.

MASSOB is a secessionist movement in Nigeria, associated with Igbo nationalism, which supports the recreation of an independent state of Biafra.

The Celebration also led to the arrest of 10 members of the movement. 15 persons were also alleged to have sustained bullet wounds during the standoff.

Reacting to the incident, the Ogbaru Regional Administrator of BIM, Amadi Ifeanyi, aka Ochiagha, told newsmen they were hoisting their flag at about 2a.m. yesterday morning at Upper Iweka axis in preparation for the anniversary when the Police stormed the place in three Hilux vans and opened fire on them which resulted in the instant death of  two of their members.

According to the Regional Administrator, “they arrested 10 of us and over 15 got bullet wounds, even when they knew that we are a non-violent organisation struggling for a Biafran State”.

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Amadi, who spoke through his Director of Finance in Ogbaru, Ezeaka Martins, demanded the release of the corpses of their members, even as he identified those killed as Innocent Okoye and Uche Ezinwanne.

Also speaking, Chuks Nnaedozie, the Ogbaru Director of Security, gave the names of those injured and hospitalised as Clifford Nwankwo, Ndubuisi Ikpeazu, Aloy Ibeh, and others yet to be identified.

In his reaction, the Regional administrator for Onitsha North, Christian Umeaka, added that one of his members has not been seen since he was arrested by the Police when he went to hoist  the flag, adding that no amount of intimidation would stop them from struggling for a BIAFRA State.

Attempt to get the police to react to the allegation proved abortive as the DPO in-charge of the area could not be reached.

ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNOR, WILLY OBIANOR
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