More Mayhem as MASSOB Protesters Allegedly Kill Policeman in Asaba, Dump Others in River Niger
As the South East continues to heat up following the celebration of 49 years of “Biafra”, suspected members of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have reportedly thrown two policemen into River Niger, and stabbed another officer to death, The Cable reports.
A police officer who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the protesters attacked some officers at the bridge, and overpowered two of them, before throwing them into the River Niger.
“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,” the policeman said.
However, an eyewitness, Uche Okelue, claimed the skirmish broke out after a police team threw teargas at the pro-Biafra protesters.
“The police used teargas on the MASSOB people as they were protesting along Anwai Road, so the people got angry and attacked the policemen with knives and broken bottles,” he said.
“They caught one policeman, beat him up before stabbing him to death; it was a fierce confrontation as everyone ran in different directions.”
The Police spokesman for Delta State command, Charles Mouka, said he was still monitoring the situation.
“We are still waiting for information on the incident. As I speak to you now, we are in the field, so I cannot say anything for now.”
The protesters were said to have assembled along Mammy Market Junction on Nnebisi Road in Asaba, Anwai Road, still in Asaba, and around the River Niger bridge as they marked the 49th anniversary of the defunct Republic of Biafra.
Earlier, we reported that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were involved in a clash with soldiers in Onitsha that left several dead after security operatives allegedly shot and killed their members at a church on Monday.
In a related development, the Imo State police command has announced the arrest of 17 MASSOB members for holding a road show in commemoration of 49th anniversary of Biafra.
A MASSOB leader in the state, Okechukwu Nwogu, condemned the action the police and called on Igbo leaders to speak up against the “injustice”.
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