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Biafra: MASSOB’s Anniversary Turns Bloody


Not less than four persons were allegedly shot dead yesterday by a combined team of the army, police, civil defence and drug law enforcement agents along Onitsha/Owerri Road as members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) marked her 17th year of agitation for self-determination in Anambra State.

According to reports, the group marched through Obodoukwu Road, near Ogbo- Efere Market to Owerri Road towards Gaius Eze Street, Awada and while approaching Enamel Ware Industry, was accosted by a contingent of the joint task force who were fully armed.

The leader of the group alleged that the security operatives fired sporadically in the air to disperse the over 20,000 crowd of MASSOB members, who were marching peacefully along the road.

While MASSOB members on procession were scampering for safety, four people were shot dead while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries and bullet wounds.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the incident, MASSOB spokesman, Mazi Chris Mocha, said that the security operatives swooped on the Biafran youths who were celebrating the anniversary of the Biafran agitation, which began 17 years ago.

According to him, the task force was coming from different locations firing as they were coming. He said as at the press time, four people who were gunned down during the first attack were immediately carried away by the joint task force while others injured, who could not escape again, were arrested and thrown into open vans and taken to unknown destination.

But when contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer, Mrs. Nkiru Nwode, confirmed the arrest of 14 people, who she alleged conducted themselves in a manner that would cause breach of peace.

She, however, denied that four persons were shot dead. She said: “We did not kill anybody. We effected arrest of 14 persons who conducted themselves in a manner that will likely cause breach of peace. We did not kill anybody. I beg you,” the PPRO stated.

Meanwhile, the Religious Administrator of MASSOB, Rev. Apostle Ezichukwu, claimed that more than 50 members were arrested with 20 missing.

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