Two persons are feared dead, and several others injured following a clash yesterday between soldiers and members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Although there are different versions to the story, a source close to the area said trouble started when news broke at Oyigbo express junction that soldiers allegedly ambushed and killed eight IPOB members at 44 Battalion Asa, Abaia State.
The IPOB members were said to be on the way to Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Umuahia to receive IPOB Deputy Leader Uche Mefor, who reportedly arrived Umuahia from London.
The source said when they heard the rumour of the killing of their members in Abia, they mobilized and began to protest.
Unconfirmed report had it that some IPOB members seized three rifles from policemen and burnt a police van at the junction (Oyigbo), forcing businesses and shop owners to lock up as motorists and commuters ran for dear lives.
Spokesman of 6 Brigade Col. Aminu Iliyasu denied that soldiers were deployed in Obigbo to stop IPOB members from going to Umuahia, noting that they could only shoot if they were attacked.
Col. Iliyasu said:”I am in Bayelsa now, but people have been calling, telling me that there is a situation in the Obigbo area. But I don’t know exactly where this is happening. One thing is certain, no soldier was deployed in Obigbo and asked to stop IPOB members from travelling to Umuahia.”
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