A police officer was allegedly stabbed and two others thrown into the River Niger today during a clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and a police patrol van in Onitsha, Anambra State.
According to sources privy to the information, the Biafra supporters who are celebrating Biafran heroes today, were parading the River Niger road when the police patrol van ran into them and attempted to disperse them.
The Biafran supporters reportedly overpowered the police officers, threw two of them into River Niger and allegedly stabbed another police officer.
One of the police officers has been rescued from the River and has been rushed to the hospital while the other one is still missing.
Also several persons including a soldier were allegedly killed today during a clash between soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The anniversary celebration had turned bloody when soldiers of the 312 Artillery Brigade confronted the IPOB members, who had blocked major streets.
Eye witness told news reporters that “most of the killings were done at Nkpor, a suburb of Onitsha, where IPOB had chosen to celebrate the Biafra Day”.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Alli Okechukwu, confirmed the incident, but declined to give details about the lives lost.
“We are busy clearing the blocked roads in Onitsha, to ensure that normalcy returns. We are not counting the number of casualties at the moment,” he said.