BreakingNews 2/12/15 - 9 dead, 8 Dangote trucks burnt as Biafra protesters clash with security agents

[ Masterweb Reports: Joseph Udo reports ] - About nine persons lost their lives on Wednesday when a group of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) protesters clashed with the Joint Task Force (JTF) at Niger Bridge Head in Onitsha.

 

Specifically, the Joint Military Taskforce comprising, Army, Navy, Police and Civil Defense were said to have clashed with some members of the IPOB who had vowed to continue their blockage of the bridge until their leader, Nnamdi Kanu is released.

 

While two policemen including a sergeant were said to have been killed during the clash, eight trucks belonging to Dangote Group and a mosque at Sokoto road in Onitsha were also confirmed to have been burnt.

 

 The protesters who called for the release of Kanu had on between 2 pm on Tuesday till 2.30 am on Wednesday blocked the Onitsha end of the bridge head and Asaba end, preventing movement of people from Lagos and people from Anambra.

 

The attempt by the JTF to dislodge the protesters left about nine people dead- five at Niger Bridge Head, three at Obodoukwu Road, and a Suya meat seller said to have been hit by stray bullet.

 

The reactions to the clash also spread to other part of the city with the Central Mosque near Onitsha Main Market set ablaze while a Hilux Pick Up van with Federal Government number was also burnt.

 

 Protesters also made born fires along Onitsha- Owerri Road and Onitsha- Enugu Expressway, obstructing motorists coming in and out of Onitsha from both Enugu, Asaba, Owerri.

 

The National coordinator of IPOB Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe told journalists that five of their members were killed early hours of Wednesday, while 18 people sustained injuries and were hospitalized in different hospitals in Onitsha.

 

Also the Campaign for Democracy, CD, South East branch has condemned the alleged killing of five IPOB members at Niger Bridge Head and three other people at Obodoukwu Road during sporadic shooting at Upper Iweka.

 

Chairman of CD, South East branch, Dede Uzor said, “IPOb has been peaceful in their protest and there should not be any reason to open fire on them by security agencies.

 

“We are also calling for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB and MASSOB members being incarcerated in various prisons and detention centers in the country, as they have not broken any llaw for protesting peacefully.”

 

In Awka, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ali Okechukwu confirmed that two officers were killed during the protester and one of them being a sergeant.

 

He also confirmed that eight Dangote trucks were burnt including a mosque in Sokoto Road in Onitsha, adding that the security personnel could not pull a trigger despite provocation.

 

*Photo Caption - One of the people that lost their lives during IPOB and JTF clash in Onitsha.

 
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