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One of the survivors of the assault against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the joint Poperatives of the police and the Department of State Security (DSS) says he needed to run right into a Catholic church to flee shooting from the security agents in the course of the killing of their members in Emene, Enugu State, last week.
The IPOB member, who witnessed the attack, stated that he recognized 15 people who were slain that day by the Nigerian safety forces.
“They attempted to shoot me,” member of the agitating group, who did not need to be named, said. “One of the DSS officials ran after me as I was running into a Catholic church. The reverend father protected me.”
The survivor stated conflicting to statements by the police and the DSS that the IPOB first bombed the law enforcement agents, the youth only grabbed sticks and stones to fend themselves after they have been shot at. He said they were not armed.
However, the safety agencies stated IPOB fired on them first with sticks that contained nails, adding that they had been shot at by IPOP before they reinforced.
The survivor maintain when the police retreated with reinforcements, they started harassing harmless individuals within the neighbourhood.
They requested to know the place IPOB members, who fled from Emene Community Secondary School the place they have been having a gathering, had run to.
“When they came the second time, they started arresting innocent youths that were not involved, asking where people ran to,” he stated.
He said since the incident; safety agents had been combing the area, cracking down on IPOB members.
“They have been doing house-to-house searches, stopping people on buses, checking peoples’ phones,” he said. “If they see any Biafran symbol on your phone, they will arrest you. People cannot walk on the streets. They have been patrolling everywhere.”
A woman who lives within the neighbourhood where the carnages occurred in Emene disclose to SaharaReporters that the law enforcement agents seemed to be frightened of a protest by IPOB.
“The army guys were wrong. They are the ones who shot first. They set up a roadblock along the Abakaliki Expressway in Enugu. They have been searching any youths they see in transit,” the woman, who is not a member of IPOB but craved anonymity, said.
She said Emene had been calm since the slaughter. “IPOB guys have never carried arms. They don’t act violently or harass people. Even though they want Biafra, they know they have to maintain the peace,” she said.
IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu who now lives overseas, is seeking the sovereign state of Biafra that would encompass the territories that have been old eastern Nigeria before the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War between 1967 and 1970.
IPOP has sustained quite a few slayings of its members by the Nigerian armed forces as reported by Amnesty International.
Despite not carrying arms or killing people, the Nigerian authorities inscribed IPOB a terrorist organisation and prohibited its major activities in the country.
Meanwhile, the International community seems not to be in terms of Nigeria’s definition of terrorism since Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters continue to hold open meetings across the globe.SOURCE: Scannews24.com