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6 feared dead in police, MASSOB clash in Onitsha

AWKA – SIX persons were feared dead, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, during a shoot-out between policemen and alleged members of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.

No fewer that 50 members of the group were arrested.

Vanguard gathered that the shoot-out ensued when the alleged expelled members of MASSOB operating at Ose Nku Ogbe-Ijaw and extorting money and harassing traders were attacked by armed policemen acting on information.

An eye-witness said the MASSOB members had invaded the Ose Nku Ogbe-Ijaw area to carry out their alleged extortion of traders, when the traders alerted the police based on the earlier information that the suspects were not MASSOB members.

He said: “The boys came in their usual way. Thereafter,  policemen, acting on information by MASSOB that the boys were not their members, arrived the scene. On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums opened fire on them and the police returned fire, in the process, about five members of the group were gunned down while a policeman was killed.”

It was also gathered that about four policemen were disarmed by the ex MASSOB members, who attacked policemen at Creek Road in the commercial city.

It took the intervention of the joint military and police detachment which arrived the scene to overpower the hoodlums who retreated and fled through a water tunnel located in the area.

Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr  Emeka Chukwuemeka confirmed the incident, although he denied that the hoodlums disarmed the policemen. He said no policeman was killed, adding that only one person was shot.

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