No fewer than 11 persons, including two policemen, were killed during the fracas that followed a clash between the protesters and the Joint Task Force (JTF), during the three-week-long pro-Biafra protests which turned bloody, on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The Nation reports.
It was the second day of the planned three-day blockade of the Onitsha Head Bridge – the gateway to the East from the Western part of the country.
Angered by the dogged disposition of the pro-Biafra agitators, who blocked the Niger Bridge Head and refused to give way to motorists, the JTF comprising Army, Navy, Police and Civil Defence troops, on Wednesday afternoon, opened fire at protesting members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, killing nine people and injuring 18.
The Anambra Police Command announced that despite losing two of its men during the pro-Biafra protests in Onitsha, the command never retaliated.
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According to the command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ali Okechukwu, the Police never fired at the protesters, adding that one of the policemen, a sergeant, was killed at Obodo Ukwu, while the other was killed at Eze Iweka road.
It was learnt that the protesters were having a peaceful procession across South East states and had vowed to continue their blockage of the bridge for three days until detained Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is released.
Vanguard reports that miscreants, on hearing that some people had been shot dead by the JTF, started another protest to the Central mosque near Onitsha Main Market and set it ablaze along with eight trucks marked “Dangote Group” packed within the premises.
A Hilux pick-up van with Federal Government number plate was also burnt when the JTF held motorists and commuters hostage at Upper Iweka with sporadic shootings that had never been witnessed before in Onitsha.
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano called for calm in a broadcast as the situation degenerated into a near total breakdown of law and order in Anambra’s biggest city.