Many feared dead as IPOB, security operatives clash in Enugu

By AdvocateNews on 23/08/2020

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One of the persons shot dead Sunday
One of the persons shot dead Sunday

Several persons were feared killied on Sunday morning, following a bloody clash at Emene, Enugu involving members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and security agents.

Residents of the area said trouble started at about 7.00am when some police personnel stormed an IPOB gathering at Community Secondary School Emene and attempted to disperse the group and make arrests.

The IPOB had been proscribed by the Federal Government. 

The IPOB members were reportedly holding their usual meeting when the security operatives swooped on them.

The encounter was said to have turned bloody  when the Biafra campaigners resisted arrest and overpowered the security agents.

A reinforcement of security agents comprising the police, DSS and army arrived the place in the midst of the confusion in several patrol vans and began to shoot sporadically  targeting the fleeing pro-Biafra campaigners, eyewitnesses said. 

In the ensuing confrontation, sounds of gunfire and teargas fumes filled the axis between St Patrick Secondary School and St Joseph Catholic Church along the old Abakaliki Road. 

Some persons who were on their way to 7.00am mass scampered for safety while those already in the Church had to endure tear gas fumes that enveloped the entire environment.

Meanwhile, Emene was still tensed by press time as security agents flooded the area, restricting movement of persons and vehicles as they searched for IPOB members.

Both the Enugu State Police command anf the IPOB leadership had yet to speak on the clash. 

Posted 23/08/2020 4:16:56 PM

 

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