Some soldiers and members of the Nigeria Police have clashed with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra,leaving one person dead.
A member of the Indigenous People of Biafra was feared dead on Wednesday in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State after the group clashed with police and soldiers.
According to a report by Punch, the fracas was instigated by a planned visit of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to the area in furtherance of his anti-election campaign in the state.
It was gathered that the soldiers and police as early as 8am came with about 14 trucks on Wednesday in a bid to prevent the planned visit from holding.
Speaking to Punch, a source said: “The security operatives came in 14 trucks. Despite the heavy presence of security in the area, the IPOB members were still parading the area, singing and chanting Biafran songs.
“The Biafran flags, caps, shirts and other items being sold by some youths were seized and burnt by the security operatives.
“The situation angered the IPOB members and they tried to attack the security operatives who tear-gassed everybody and in the process, one of their (IPOB) members was killed.”
However, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, in a press statement denied any death in the crisis.
She said “There was nothing like that (death). The presence of the security men was to secure the people of area from being attacked by hoodlums.”
Her statement read in part, ” A complaint was received by the police that there is a gathering and blockage of road by some people at central school, Ekwulobia in Aguata LGA.
“The Police with other security agencies on joint patrol went to the scene, dispersed and cleared the road peacefully without any clash.
”However, normalcy has been restored and people are going about their businesses without any threat or molestation”.
As at the time of this report, Kanu has not visited the state.