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ABIA: Five suspected IPOB members killed in Ohafia

TROOPS of the 14 Brigade Army Headquarters, Ohafia, have killed five persons identified as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Unconfirmed reports say the suspects were feared gunned down after an exchange between the soldiers and IPOB members.

The incident was said to have occurred on Thursday during the sit-at-home order of the IPOB as their leader, Nnamdi Kanu was arraigned in court in Abuja for the continuation of his trial.

Although the incident that led to the shooting had not been made official, a local source said immediately news got to the area that Nnamdi Kanu was brought to court in Abuja to face trial, some members of IPOB in the area took to the streets to jubilate.

The source said the IPOB members were jubilating that contrary to reports they had been getting about the safety of their leader.

It was gathered that on getting to a point within the First Bank axis of the town, the IPOB members were confronted by soldiers who attempted to disperse them.

Reports said while the soldiers were engaging the IPOB members who were in a procession, trouble ensued and in the process, five members of the pro-Biafra group were shot dead.

Confirming the incident, Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, said three IPOB members were killed.

In a statement, the CP said members of the pro-Biafra group numbering about 50 had attacked the soldiers with guns and machetes.

“The soldiers made a counter-attack and three of the hoodlums were neutralized during the exchange of fire.

“The superior fire power of the soldiers made the hoodlums disperse. As of now, effort has been intensified to track down the fleeing hoodlums.”

She urged members of the public to report anyone with a bullet wound to the nearest Police station or any law enforcement agent.

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