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Biafra protest turn deadly as civilian, Policeman lose lives

At least a civilian and a Policeman have been reportedly killed by various sources in the wake of the bloody clash between Biafran agitators and security operatives.

In Onitsha, Anambra, the pro-Biafra activists were dispersed by soldiers after firing several rounds of ammunition in the air to scare the protesters away. The secessionists who claim to be embarking on a peaceful protest were burning tyres while some of them tried to engage the security operatives before they were reportedly dispersed with teargas. One of the protesters was reportedly killed from a gunshot wound with at least two others being treated for injuries from gunshots.

Meanwhile, in Asaba, the Delta state capital a fight broke out between policemen and the pro Biafra protesters, leading to the killing of a Police officer.

According to a witness, Uche Okelue who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the fracas broke out after a police team threw teargas at the marchers in an effort to disperse them.

“The police used teargas on the MASSOB people as they were protesting along Anwai Road this morning, so the people got angry and attacked the policemen with knives and broken bottles. They caught one policeman, beat him up before stabbing him to death; it was a fierce confrontation as everyone ran in different directions,” Mr. Okelue said.

Witnesses said some persons, including policemen, injured in the fracas, were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

Another clash occurred at the River Niger Bridge on the border between Delta and Anambra states when some MASSOB members tried to conduct a similar rally.

A police source who pleaded anonymity told NAN that MASSOB members attacked some policemen at the bridge head, overpowering two of them, before throwing them into the river.

“We have been able to retrieve one of them from the river. He was brought out in an unconscious mood and rushed to the hospital, however, the second victim is still missing,” he said.

-DanielFayemi for

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