The Delta State Government has distanced itself from IPOB and MASSOB stating that the people of Delta State are part not of the proposed Biafra Republic, hence, reiterating their confidence in one and united Nigeria.
According to the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Chief Festus Agas, “We object in its totality, the inclusion of Delta State without our consent in the proposed Biafra Republic. This clarification has become necessary to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding regarding the status of Delta State in the renewed Biafra agitation.
“While some communities in Delta state may have cultural affinity with the people of the South East, it is clearly a patent error for anybody or group to suggest or insinuate that Delta state or more specifically the Anioma people have been or are part of the South East that is supposed to make up the proposed Biafra Republic”.
Reacting to protests which led to deaths of police officers in the state, the Delta State Police command has stated that persons arrested during a pro Biafran demonstration in Asaba, Delta State will charged to court for murder, arson, and disturbing public peace.
According to the acting Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mr. Charles, “The hoodlums will be charged for the death of two patriotic police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.”
Pro-Biafran groups like Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) had trooped to streets of Asaba to commemorate the anniversary of the proclamation of Biafra by late chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu on May 30, 1967.
The celebration went awry as police officers allegedly died in different parts of the town during clashes with the pro-Biafran groups.
The incident occurred along Anwai Road in the city when pro-Biafran members were marching to demand independence for a proposed separatist Biafra. According to eyewitnesses, those injured in the fracas, including policemen, were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba for treatment.