30 May 2016
A total of seven persons have been reported dead at a protest carried out by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in Asaba on Monday.
This was confirmed by the Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Delta, SP Charles Muka. He included that the police recorded two casualties.
In the statement released by the PPRO, five members of MASSOB were killed by military officers who had confrontations with the group along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway in Asaba.
The military also arrested and handed over eight members of MASSOB to the police.
The violent protest led to the death of two officers and injury to another two, who were part of the ones deployed to monitor the protest.
According to police account of the violence that resulted from the protest, “we had to deploy our officers to ensure that the protest was peaceful but we were surprised that the people turned violent.
“To our surprise, they started attacking our men and at Okwe Junction in Abraka area of Asaba, the group killed a police corporal and took his AK47 riffle.
“Also along the Dennis Osadeby Way in Asaba, they wounded a police officer and took his anti-riot gun.
“This group also attacked and wounded two policemen, suspected to be marine police, and threw them into the River Niger at Cable Point in Asaba and in the process one died while one was rescued.
“The protesters also attacked military vehicles along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway which left four members of the group dead and eight others arrested and brought to the police headquarters.”
According to report, a pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet during the upheaval. The woman is now receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba.