One person has reportedly died after members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) clashed with policemen and soldiers over the anti-election campaign in Anambra
According to The Punch, the incident happened on Wednesday, August 16 in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
Nnamdi Kanu who is the leader of IPOB was scheduled to visit the area in furtherance of his anti-election campaign. Policeman and soldiers reportedly converged on Ekwulobia to take charge of the security situation.
It was reported that the situation degenerated into a clash with one member of IPOb killed.
A source said: “The security operatives came in 14 trucks. But despite the heavy presence of security in the area, the IPOB members were still parading the area, singing and chanting Biafran songs.
“The Biafran flags, caps, shirts and other items being sold by some youths were seized and burnt by the security operatives.
“The situation angered the IPOB members and they tried to attack the security operatives who tear-gassed everybody and in the process, one of their (IPOB) members was killed.”
The police however denied that anyone was killed in the confrontation.
Nkeiruka Nwode who is the spokesperson of the Anambra state police command said it received a complaint that the secessionists were breaching the peace of the are.
She said: “There was nothing like that (death). The presence of the security men was to secure the people of the area from being attacked by hoodlums.
Her statement read in part: “A complaint was received by the police that there was a gathering and blockage of road by some people at Central School, Ekwulobia in Aguata LGA.
“The Police with other security agencies on joint patrol went to the scene, dispersed and cleared the road peacefully without any clash.
“However, normalcy has been restored and people are going about their business without any threat or molestation.”
Kanu has not showed up as at the time of the confrontation.
Meanwhile, the youth wing of Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo gave reasons why Kanu and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) are agitating.
Reports have it that the group said youths in south east are not well being catered for by the political parties.