Biafran group’s clash with police reportedly leaves three people dead

It seems that the Independent People of Biafra group has begun striking as threatened.

The group reportedly clashed with law enforcement in Onitsha, Anambra on Sunday evening, with three persons feared dead and 20 injured.

A member of the group, Chinwendu Ikechukwu, told newsmen that they were going to preach to the people on the need to embrace the struggle for the Biafran state when the trouble ensued.

He said, “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.

“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.”

Police PRO Okechukwu Ali confirmed the incident but denied the police’s involvement.

He said the police were on a parade in Onitsha at the time of the incident but never shot members of the group. He also said that all pro-Biafran groups remained banned according to the country’s constitution.

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