3 IPOB Supporters confirmed killed, one army senior officer injured.
The Nigerian army has come out to give a brief account of what transpired that led to the death of 3 IPOB members with one of the army officers sustaining serious injuries. The army said they acted in self defense.
It was reported widely on both print and social media that more than 8 Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members were shot dead with 25 injured while jubilating over the unconditional release of their director, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on the 17th of December 2015.
However, the Nigerian Army said in a statement signed on Sunday 20th Dec. by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Col. Hamza Gambo that the troops were first attacked by those referred to as “mobs/irate youths” thereby refuting the allegation that the army initiated the attack on the harmless and defenseless IPOB members.
The officer who gave they army’s version of the story stated that “at about 1335 Hrs on 17 December 2015, an unknown group of a rowdy mob numbering about 200 whose identity yet to be ascertained attacked troops of 302 Artillery Regiment deployed at River Niger bridge in Onitsha. The Niger bridge is the major link connecting the Western Region and the entire South East as well as the South South regions. It is of great strategic significance to the entire nation”.
He mentioned that the important and strategic nature of the bridge to the region and beyond cannot to over-emphasized.
Recall that earlier in the week, the lower court had discharged Kanu who has been in detention for over 90days unconditionally , insisting he had no case to answer.
The Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) is a new group indigents who have decided to renew the earlier failed quest by the people of Ibo extraction in Nigeria to demand for their own country to be called Biafra republic.
The struggle which initially started and lasted between 6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970 was championed by the then Governor of South Eastern Region Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu of blessed memory.
During the over two year’s civil war, more than 2 million people died as a result of starvation. The fight caused some consequences resulting in political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions.
The international communities are yet to voice out their positions on the struggle of the people of Biafra.
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