Pro-Biafra Protests: Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu condemns South-East killings

Posted by News Express | 1 June 2016 | 2,654 times

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The Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in strong terms, the reported killing of young men and women by security operatives in parts of the South-East.

At Tuesday’s legislative proceedings at the Senate, Senator Ekweremadu raised a point of order drawing the attention of the Upper Chamber to the bloodbath in the South-East region of the country on Monday.

The Deputy President of the Senate further noted that the country had recorded so much bloodshed in various parts of the country in the past, urging security agencies to apply caution in quelling perceived disturbances in any part of Nigeria.

MASSOB clash with Police

On Monday members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) clashed with security operatives in some states in the South-East.

Two Police officers were reported killed, with some other persons injured. Members of the groups also claimed that some of their members were killed.

Tension had started in Anambra State, as persons suspected to be members of MASSOB mounted road blocks and set bonfire in Nkpor and Onitsha causing the roads to be deserted.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, the suspected members of MASSOB gathered at a school in Nkpor with identifying flags emblazoned with the rising sun symbols and charms but with mission unknown.

Also, in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital, several people were injured as a planned protest by members of MASSOB degenerated into a fight.

The MASSOB members had planned peaceful protests across South east states to mark 49 years of the declaration of Biafra Republic in 1967 by the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on Monday. The fight reportedly broke out when the Police tried to disperse the protesters by firing teargas at them. This action infuriated the protesters who allegedly reacted angrily and this degenerated into a larger fracas.

The Police, however, arrested eight and wounded four members of MASSOB alleged to have been involved in the killing of the two policemen. According to a statement signed by the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Charles Muka, the members of the group attacked policemen and Army patrol team at three locations at Cable Point and Abraka areas where they killed two policeman, injured two others and made away with one AK47 rifle and one smoke gunner.

•Sourced from Channels TV. Photo shows Senator Ekweremadu.

Source: News Express

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