Today, Biafran agitators allegedly killed two police officers in a clash and threw 2 other injured policemen into the River Niger at Asaba, Delta State, while celebrating the anniversary of their agitation. 4 members of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were also killed.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Delta, SP Charles Muka, who confirmed this in a statement, said the protesters turned violent and attacked the policemen deployed to monitor the protest.
His words: “We had to deploy our officers to ensure that the protest was peaceful but we were surprised that the people turned violent. To our surprise, they started attacking our men. The group killed a police corporal and took his AK47 riffle. They also wounded a police officer and took his anti-riot gun.
This group also attacked and wounded two policemen, suspected to be marine police, and threw them into the River Niger and in the process one died and one was rescued. The protesters also attacked military vehicles which left four of the protesters dead and eight others arrested.
A pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet but now receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. Parents and guardians are advised to warn their children and wards to toe peaceful path and pursue whatever agenda constitutionally.
The Command also wants to state that the security agencies will not fold their arms and watch a few persons take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in pursuit of whatever agenda.”
In a swift reaction, the Delta North Zonal Leader of BIM-MASSOB, Chinedu Anieifeobu, dissociated BIM-MASSOB from the alleged killings and wondered why some agitators under the IPOB became violent and condemned the dangerous twist the agitation had assumed.