16th May, 2016
Yesterday, two members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra, MASSOB, were reportedly killed by two policemen attached to Okpoko Police Division, Onitsha suburb, Anambra State, while others have sustained injuries and a shop burnt.
According to reports, trouble started for the MASSOB members when a woman reported a case of assault against one of them, but he allegedly put up a fight when the Police tried to arrest him.
Vanguard reports that the deceased was said to have called his members numbering about 20 on phones and on arrival at the scene on Udeaja/Ibe Street, they reportedly attacked the policemen, who gripped the suspect.
The policemen in self-defence used the suspect as shield while the attack was on and in the process a team of policemen arrived on a tip-off, which made the members to run away, while the suspect was arrested.
Once at the Police station, the deceased was said to have complained of severe pains as a result of the attack on the policemen that used him as a shield during the assault from MASSOB members.
He allegedly gave up the spirit minutes later.
Another MASSOB member died when a rival group reportedly beat him to coma at Edeh Road. It was also learnt that trouble started for the deceased when a woman complained to a MASSOB member that a rival member assaulted her and immediately the member mobilized his colleagues and they beat him unconscious and he died minutes after.
In anger and in solidarity with the deceased, residents of Okpoko mobilized and razed the shop of the woman while she fled.
Mr. Olabanji Kayode, the Okpoko DPO, confirmed the incident, saying the investigation is on-going.