MEMBERS of the Biafra Independent Movement and Movement for Actualization Sovereign State of Biafra, BIM-MASSOB, allegedly killed two police officers in a clash and threw two other injured policemen into the River Niger at Asaba, capital of Delta State, on Monday.
The groups, which marked the anniversary of their agitation, Monday, purportedly made away with an AK 47 belonging to the police and damaged a police and military patrol vans. The police, however, mortally wounded four of them and arrested eight persons. Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, SP Charles Muka, who confirmed the death, said: “The members of the unlawful Independent People of Biafra (IPOB)/MASSOB carried out a violent protest today at Asaba.
The command had sequel to rumours of the planned protest proactively deployed men to strategic locations in Asaba.” “To the chagrin of the Command, the obnoxious irate groups attacked our men and army patrol team at three locations, killed two policemen and injured two others at Cable and Abraka areas and made away with one AK.47 rifle and one smoke riot gunner from the killed and injured policemen. “The callous group threw two of the injured policemen into the River Niger at Cable, while one was later rescued alive. The unlawful groups also damaged Ibusa Division patrol van and a military patrol van.
“In the ensuing confrontation with the groups, four members of the illegal group were fatally wounded, while eight were arrested. The groups were successfully dispersed and Benin/Onitsha expressway and the town made free for people to move and go about their businesses. Source: Vanguard.
Opinion: Very unfortunate that the protest went bloody and hence the losts of lives. Going by the above story, the BIM-MASSOB will incur the wrath of the police. Many would likely be arrested and rot in jail by the police. Thought that MASSOB believes in non exodus and non violence. The leaders of these groups should stop putting their vulnerable members on harms way. There are other means to protest than going on the streets.
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