What really caused the clash between the men of the Nigerian army and the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, in Osisioma new park, Aba, Abia State has been revealed.
The incident which caused a lot of tension in Aba city as the military men shot sporadically to disperse the IPOB members was said to have started from Isiala-Ngwa junction.
An eyewitness report who reported to ABACITYBLOG, said he was present at the two places where the incident took place
He said; “The incident started when our members ( the Indigenous People of Biafra) received a distress call that military has yet again besieged the home of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State Capital.
“We the IPOB members from Aba and Oyibo, Rivers State boarded a bus going to Mazi Kanu’s home in order to protect our leader, while getting to Isiala-Ngwa junction, at the military checkpoint, the soldiers ordered us to turn back our vehicle as they will not allow us a safe passage.
“Angered by the military order, some of our members forcefully crossed the checkpoint, which led the military to start shooting at us, people started scampering for safety.
According to him, the clash degenerated into a full blown fight, people started taking to their heels, while soldiers started shooting at the unarmed IPOB members.
“I managed to escape and boarded a vehicle coming back to Aba, he added.
When ABACITYBLOG reporter pressed for more information, the eyewitness echoed, “that is all I know”, he added that there is no clash at Osisioma as people were meant to believe.
According to him, “The military did not shoot at anybody at Osisioma, rather on getting to Osisioma new park, where our members blocked the road with used motor tires and set it ablaze, the military forced everyone in sight to get water and quench the fire to enable them crossover with their vehicle.
“I ran away, he said. They’re flogging anybody in sight with koboko.
“On sighting another of our members (IPOB) going to Umuahia they started shooting sporadically again, hitting the drivers that was conveying our members.
“After the fire quenched, they drove off with their armored tank and their Hilux.
|The scene at Osisioma new park|
Following the eyewitness report, ABACITYBLOG visited the scene and it was confirmed that used motor tires were burned across the road, but the fire has already stopped, no sight of military around Osisioma new park.
Osisioma junction is calm, and people were walking freely as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the Abia State government has declared a three day curfew in Aba.
In a press release the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu said for the past few days Abia State government has been on the focus of security searchlight which occasioned by the reported skirmish between some groups in the State, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with men of the Nigerian Army.
According to him, the State Government is committed to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within the geographical entity called Abia State.
He advised Aba residents to observe the curfew which started from 6pm to 6am from today 12/09/2017 to 14/09/2017.
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