Agitations for the state of Biafra
by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) turned bloody in Onitsha, Anmabra, yesterday, after no less than seven people lost their lives when the protesters and members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) clashed.

The seven who were killed included two police men, a female passer- by and four pro-Biafra agitators.

Accroding to LEADERSHIP investigations, the protest was organised by members of the IPOB and a faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), led by the group’s
director of information, Uchenna Madu, barricaded all the main entrances into Onitsha, including the main road of the state’s commercial hub.

The agitators, it was learnt, took to the streets to demand the release of Radio Biafra proprietor, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, his Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM) counter- part, Mr. Benjamin Onwuka and other detained members of the group in the major cities of both the South East and South South geo-political zones for about two weeks.

The protesters shut the Onitsha down, as they held a procession in the commercial town which created traffic grid-lock and forced many motorists to abandon their vehicles on the roads. Angered by the alleged killing of four of their members at the Niger-bridge head in the wee hours of yesterday by the JTF operatives, the Biafra agitators numbering thousands, set the Onitsha Central mosque and several vehicles ablaze, with scores of people sustaining various degrees of injuries.

The group, LEADERSHIP observed, later moved to barricade the commercial town, setting bonfires at strategic locations.
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