According to report, at least 3 persons were killed in Onitsha, Anambra State on Sunday evening when the Independent People of Biafra, a socio-political group clashed with security operatives.
Punch gathered that 20 persons were injured in the violent clash.
Speaking on the incident, a member of the group, Chinwendu Ikechukwu told newsmen that the group after its meeting held at Nkpor, Idemili-North Local Government Area of the state, decided to go on an awareness campaign for the creation of Biafra state when the violence broke out.
“On reaching Okpoko junction, we were accosted by a detachment of policemen who fired teargas canisters at our members numbering about 5,000.
“They later allowed us to go since we were non-violent but on reaching Uga Junction before the Niger Bridge, the naval men on duty there opened fire on us (sic).
“In our defenceless 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,” he added.
Ikechukwu said the injured were initially taken to Paragon Hospital, Fegge, before being transferred to other hospitals.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Command, Okechukwu Ali confirmed the incident but denied the police’s involvement in the incident.
The PPRO reiterated that all pro-Biafran groups remained banned according to the country’s constitution.
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