Biafran tension: Police and MASSOB clash claiming lives

Some members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra, MASSOB, were allegedly gunned down by members of the Nigerian Police.

Reports reaching our newsroom says that the Okpoko Police Division, Onitsha suburb, Anambra State, came under attack by MASSOB members after a woman had reported to the police that some hoodlums assaulted her.

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In the following milieu, members of the Nigerian police proceeded to arrest the men. Unbeknownst to them, the men were members of MASSOB. Two of the men resisted the arrest.

Both the police and MASSOB members called for additional back-ups. In the ensuing fracas, a full-fledged fight broke out. Shops were razed, many injured and two MASSOB members were confirmed dead.

One of the suspected MASSOB members died at the police station. The deceased was reported to have complained to police officers of severe pains. He was ignored. He died shortly after.

In anger and in solidarity with the deceased, residents of Okpoko mobilized and razed the shop of the woman while she fled who had reported to the police.

The DPO of Okpoko DPO, Mr. Olabanji Kayode, confirmed the incident stating that his police division is investigating the matter. The police however denied killing the men stating that the deceased was killed by fellow gang members.

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) is a secessionist movement with the aim of securing the resurgence of the defunct state of Biafra from Nigeria. It is led by the Indian-trained lawyer, Ralph Uwazuruike, with headquarters in Okwe, in the Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.

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MASSOB’s leaders say it is a peaceful group and advertise a 25-stage plan to achieve its goal peacefully. There are two arms to the government, the Biafra Government in Exile and Biafra Shadow Government.