Resident Faults Police On IPOB Commander, Says Army Killed Innocent Village Youths

[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”A” font=”Abril Fatface” color_class=”otw-orange-text” background_color_class=”otw-no-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-orange-border” label_color=”#FF0000″] resident of Awomama village, in Orlu East of Imo State has faulted the recent report by the Nigerian Police, that it has killed one IPOB commander, Ikonso and six other suspected members of the freedom fighting group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB.

The resident who spoke to BBC News Igbo said that the Army invaded the village around on 24th April, 2021 in search of members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, especially one villager who is obviously known as a member of the freedom-fighting group.

The Nigerian Police have earlier alleged that an IPOB commander, along six others were shot dead today and some other members of the group arrested.

Security operatives were said to have stormed the IPOB’s operational headquarters in Awomamma village, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where they engaged the gunmen in exchange for fire.

Speaking, the resident said – “This morning, around 12 or 1.0am, we heard some heavy gunshots within the village and we all woke up and were looking for the nearest bushes to hide. After a while, when it was morning, we learnt it was the Nigerian Army who came to attack one IPOB member(a boy) who is from Umuokike in Awomama here”

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According to the resident, the Army didn’t find the boy and so they were shooting sporadically and targeting anyone they saw around the area and according to information, about 10 persons were killed in that process.

“I even have  a video of someone the Nigerian Army killed and set him  ablaze on his bike. All these people they killed, they took them away to Obinze, which I think is the Nigerian Army headquarters in Imo state”

The voice note to BBC Igbo further explained that in the morning, some youths in blacks, who according to him looked like the IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN came around asking for the direction of the Army personnel.

When asked if they know the faces of the people who were shot dead, he said – “We couldn’t really ascertain the face of the person who was set ablaze on his bike because he was already burnt. Responding to question about whether any family is currently looking for any of their family member(s), he Continued by answering “yes”, many  families are still asking for the whereabouts of some of their family members.

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