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IPOB Group accuses Army of killing 5 of its members and injuring 20

Emma Powerful said soldiers invaded the venue of their meeting in Asaba, and opened fire on attendees.

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Supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) march in Port Harcourt on January 20, 2017 in support of the US president-elect play

Supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) march in Port Harcourt on January 20, 2017 in support of the US president-elect

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the Nigerian Army of killing five of its members and injuring 20 others.

According to a statement signed by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, soldiers invaded the venue of their meeting in Asaba, Delta state and opened fire on attendees.

The Delta State Police spokesman, Andrew Aniamak however debunked IPOB’s claim, saying that “There was an altercation between some soldiers and Biafra militants, who tried to dispossess a soldier of his rifle at Okwe Central Primary School.

“One of the Biafra militants was killed during an exchange of fire with the soldiers who came to rescue their colleague,” Vanguard reports.

Speaking on the issue, the IPOB spokesman said “This is another senseless massacre of our members. Does it mean that we do not have freedom to meet and interact with our members? Will the military say we were demonstrating? Did anybody complain that the IPOB members having the meeting were disturbing the peace of the public?

 “Organizations and community unions have meetings on Sundays. Why will IPOB members having a meeting in a public school be shot? If it is a secret meeting that is aimed at achieving an evil plan, it would have been in a secret place, not in an open compound like a primary school.

“We will never accept that. We must know who the Hausa-Fulani people that gave the information to their military brothers are and who they are working for and what is their motive for giving such information. They must tell us how many times they have been shot by the military while they were having their meetings.

“This is another senseless military massacre that we will not accept. We must never take that. Somebody must pay for this. We will never allow this one go unpunished. We have taken too much of these military senseless massacres.

“We will know if it is only the Hausa-Fulani that are in Nigeria and whether they are the only people that will live in this country. We will know whether they are the only people that will live, meet and move freely in Nigeria. We will see to the end of this idiotic massacre. This country does not belong to Hausa-Fulani people only.

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 “It is time they pay with their own blood, we have warned that nobody should provoke us to carry arms but it seems the time is ripe for that now . We must defend ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Uchechi Kanu, the wife of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that her husband is obsessed with Biafra to the point of insanity.