Three people were killed and over twenty injured in a Pro-Biafra group demonstration.
3 persons were killed and about twenty injured in a demonstration by a pro-Biafra group. The group called itself the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). The group clashed with security operatives in a shootout in Onitsha.
What caused the trouble is still unclear. But Mr. Chinwendu Ikechukwu, one of the injured persons claimed that the pro-Biafra group was was carrying out an evangelism programme on the need for people to embrace Biafra Republic. He claimed that it was while they were on the street that security operatives opened fire on them. He further alleged that;
On reaching Okpoko junction, we were accosted by a detachment of policemen who fired tear gas on our members numbering about 5000, but they later allowed us to go since we were non violent.
However, on reaching Uga junction close to the Niger Bridge Head, the Naval men on duty there opened fire on us. In our defenseless state, three of our members were shot dead, while about twenty others sustained injuries. Even the police who initially allowed us to go later joined in shooting our members.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Okechukwu Ali however denied the involvement of police in the shooting, adding that the police were in a ‘Show of Force’ operation in Onitsha as at the time of the incident.