BREAKING: Panic in Onitsha, army kills 30 pro-Biafra activists

– There is a great clash between the pro-Biafra
activists in Onitsha and the Nigerian army
– Shots have been fired and many are feared dead
– There is no clear reason at the moment for the unrest
– The authorities are trying to still the storm
Reports according to Sahara Reporters suggests that a
military shooting of unarmed protesters at a church in
Onitsha has stirred uproar in the state.

Protest hits the Niger Bridge in Onitsha
There are claims that the Nigerian security agents are
battling with pro-Biafra agitators in some parts of Anambra
state, especially Onitsha.
The signal which was sent to several unit commanders in
the Southeastern parts of Nigeria early this morning asked
the unit commanders to be on “standby’ in case of a
breakdown of law and order as pro-Biafra agitators embark
on street protests today in the Southeast.
The Nation reports that the celebration of Biafran Day in
memory of Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
turned sour Monday, May 30, in Anambra, as the military,
police, members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
clashed, killing over 30 persons and injuring many.
It was equally gathered Monday that over 50 members of
the Biafran group were arrested by the military and taking
to their 302 cantonment in Onitsha.
Following the mayhem, the commercial city of Onitsha
especially Nkpor axis, was locked down with the security
operatives taking over the roads.
Commercial activities were paralyzed as a result, with
vehicular movements stopped with burn fires all over the
roads.
Speaking with reporters Monday on the development, the
public relations officer (PRO) of (IPOB), Emma Powerful,
alleged that security operatives had killed over 30 members
of the group, over 50 others arrested and taken to an
unknown destination.
Also, he alleged that many others were seriously injured in
the mayhem, adding that the security operatives started
arresting their members since 1.30 am when they began
their peaceful demonstration.
According to him, “they were moving around in their hilux
vehicle with a native doctor, when we are celebrating Biafra
without any form of weapon, does it mean that we have no
right for our fundamental rights,” Emma asked.
When the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the state
Ali Okechukwu was contacted yesterday at about11.55am,
he said there was no room to discuss causality figures,
adding that they were still busy trying to clear the roads for
easy movement.
However, an eye witness who spoke with The Nation
Monday and a (MASSOB) member said about 32 persons
were killed by the navy and military personnel.
The casualties according to him were taken to one of the
hospitals at Nkpor but they were rejected, while those killed
were driven to the army barracks.
For MASSOB and Campaign for Democracy (CD), the action
of the security personnel was unfortunate knowing fully
well that the group was a harmless one celebrating the
declaration of Biafra on May 30th, 1967 in memory of late
Ojukwu.
The leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu, told
reporters that federal government should look into the
mayhem with a view to arresting the situation, adding that
his group was not involved.
However, he warned that if Ndigbo were pushed to the wall
by security personnel that they would have no other option
than to take to arms, which according to him would make
Nigeria be in flames.
Madu, further said that the federal government was
negotiating with Boko-haram and Niger Delta militants
while the security continued to fight the people without
arms and they were keeping quite.
He said he ordered his men to mark Ojukwu’s day by
staying indoors and not march on the streets, adding that
those in the streets were not (MASSOB) members rather
(IPOB).
Speaking with The Nation the (Ogirishi Ndigbo) spiritual
leader, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, described the situation as
unfortunate.
He said when he was contacted by the group about the
peaceful protest; he advised them to use his Rojenny
stadium instead of the streets, adding that they told him
that they had secured a place at Nkpor already to mark the
Biafran day.
However, he condemned the alleged killing of Ndigbo,
adding that nobody had the right to kill people if it actually
happened, but emphatically, said he was not aware of the
killings.
Furthermore, he said if there should be a form of protest,
that the people should get permit from the security men,
adding that he had earlier advised to maintain peace in
such situation.
The Nation gathered from one of the eye witnesses at
Nkpor that the anger of the military was that one of its men
was killed during the shootout.
The national publicity secretary of campaign for democracy
(CD) Dede-Uzor-Dede, told reporters Monday that the
federal government should arrest those involved in the
killings of the harmless youths with a view to bringing them
to justice.
This, according to him was in line with chapter 4; section 33
to 41 which centered on fundamental human rights and in
line with the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria
1999 as amended.
“There are freedom of association, movement among
others, people’s rights of protest peacefully should be
allowed, the sanctity of people’s rights is sacrosanct and
total in its ramifications,” he said.
CD therefore warned that the era of killing Ndigbo youth
must stop by the security operatives.
“@bukkysupernavi: ANAMBRA STATE: Mass
demonstration envisaged in Onitsha and
environs. @Gidi_Traffic”
11:12 AM – 30 May 2016
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