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Tension as Soldiers, IPOB Members Clash In Umuahia - How it happened


Soldiers, IPOB Members Clash In Umuahia, Abia State - How it happened
Umuahia - Abia State capital was thrown into panic yesterday following a clash between the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the men of the Nigerian army.

The incident which was said to have occurred at the popular Isi Gate causes a lot of tension in the city yesterday, September 4th, 2017 forcing the residents and the traders to scampered for safety.

Although, reports of how the incident happened remains sketchy, but some versions of how it happened has been revealed.

A version of the incident has it that some soldiers stationed at Isi Gate were collecting money from commercial tricycle operators and when one of the operators refused giving them money , one of the soldiers slapped the commercial tricyclist.

The situation degenerated into a fight when members of the union in solidarity with their member engaged the soldiers in a brawl.

 Another version of the incident claimed that the soldiers at a checkpoint around Isi Gate stopped a commercial tricycle operator and demanded that the driver should hand over to him the  Biafra and IPOB insigma in his tricycle, but the driver refused.

The situation, it was learnt degenerated into a heated argument which attracted crowd and the soldiers on seeing that the area was already charged, shot into the air to scare people, but the crowd overpowered them and injured some of them in the process.

Following the situation as at yesterday, it was gathered security agencies have flooded the state capital with their men on the alert to prevent total breakdown of law in the city.

An unconfirmed report from an IPOB member had it that the soldiers shot at and injured some of the people who had remained peaceful and were appealing to the soldiers to release the tricyclist to go about his business since they couldn’t find anything incriminating on him.

Meanwhile, The 14Brigade Ohafia Public Relations Officer, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi denied that  the soldiers fueled  the crisis, alleging that their operational vehicle was damaged by the crowd.

He further disclosed that some of soldiers were injured and were in an undisclosed hospital where they were receiving medical attention.

Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeleye Oyebade said “We are on top of the situation. We will contain the situation. There is no cause for alarm. All hands are on deck to co continually sustain the peaceful atmosphere we have labouredly tirelessly to achieve so far in the state.”


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