Some group of Nigerian soldiers have reportedly attacked an IPOB member after discovering Biafran flag inside his Keke.
The Nigerian soldiers at the scene of the incident
Details of the clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and some soldiers in Umuahia, the Abia state capital has been revealed by an eyewitness on Facebook. The incident happened on Monday night, September 4, at the popular Isi Gate area which forced business owners to close their shops over fear of arrest or being caught up in the crisis.
The eyewitness alleged that the soldiers shot a tricycle driver in the leg after discovering Biafran flag in his Keke napep.
Narrating the incident on Facebook, Somto Okonkwo wrote: “There are lots of shooting going on right now in Isi-gate, Umuahia the capital of Abia State. According to eye witnesses who were at the scene at the time of the clash, a commercial tricyclist popularly known as keke driver, had a Biafra flag in front of his tricycle while approaching a check-point, a Nigerian solider stopped him and started asking him what the flag is all about and why he had it in his tricycle. The man answered the solider by telling him that it was a Biafra flag, and that he is a Biafran, the Nigerian solider got provoked and before everyone knew exactly what was going on, the solider slapped the tricyclist and started dragging him away. At a point, the man been brutalised couldn’t bear the pain any more and started to defend himself but instead of calming the situation down the Nigeria soldier shot his leg.
As the commotion continued, other soldiers around the incident signaled their base, who sent more troops of soldiers to the entire arena of ISI Gate and started firing live bullets at harmless Biafrans who were trying to come to the rescue of the IPOB member who was been waxed away.
According to people who were present live, about two persons were confirmed death while several others were arrested and sustained different degrees of chronic injuries. Family Writers press who visited the scene also gathered some sensitive report from the soldiers on ground who out of joy, were boosting that Buhari has given them order to shoot and kill all IPOB members including those who were in support of Biafra. According to them, Buhari has already deployed soldiers from Kwara State and far North who will use the annoyance and frustration of their experience with Boko-Haram to deal with Biafrans mercilessly.
Even while on ground, there was a teamwork between Nigeria Armed Forces who were shooting live bullets and the Hausa-Fulani’s who resides in ISI gate, Umuahia who were also firing local made poisonous arrows on armless Biafrans. To put this facts straight, we were also able to pickup a live bullet and an arrow amongst other fired bullets scattered all over the scene.
Finally, we are placing the world on high notice on the ongoing instigation of violence as masterminded by Hausa-Fulani/Arewa cabals. Their aim is just to use the avenue to possibly assassinate the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by fabricating lies that IPOB initiated the attack in the first place. The world must take note and hold Nigeria government accountable and responsible.”
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