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Many Killed As IPOB Members, Soldiers Clash In Anambra

ANAMBRA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Many people were believed to have been killed Monday in Onitsha, Anambra State, as members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and soldiers clashed.

The clash occurred at the 50th anniversary of declaration of the Republic of Biafra, by the Republic warlord, late Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Republic of Biafra was declared May 30, 1966.

Trouble started when the IPOB members who trooped out very early Monday morning blocked the major roads, including the Onitsha end of the River Niger bridge, a situation which annoyed the soldiers from the 312 Artillery Brigade.

Among the areas mostly affected was Nkpor, the primary location of the Biafra Republic anniversary celebration.

The clash prompted anxiety in Onitsha and its immediate suburbs, including Nkpor, leading to closure of markets and shops by traders in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the State’s Police Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Alli Okechukwu, has confirmed the bloody clash, without disclosing the figure of casualties.

However, he informed that the Policemen were working in ensuring that peace and normalcy are restored in the affected towns and communities.

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