In a recent statement issued yesterday by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the group said that around 5:30pm, soldiers from Asaba, Delta State, invaded the venue of their meeting at Okwe Primary School, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta state and opened fire on them, killing five (5) and injuring over 20.
According to the spokesman of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, some Hausa-Fulani people who lives in Okwe had informed their brothers in the Army about their gathering at the primary school and they quickly invaded and without questioning opened fire on them.
“This is another senseless massacre of our members. Does it mean that we do not have freedom to meet and interact with our members? Will the military say we were demonstrating? Did anybody complain that the IPOB members having the meeting were disturbing the peace of the public?
“Organizations and community unions have meetings on Sundays.Why will IPOB members having a meeting in a public school be shot? If it is a secret meeting that is aimed at achieving an evil plan, it would have been in a secret place, not in an open compound like a primary school.
“We will never accept that. We must know who the Hausa-Fulani people that gave the information to their military brothers are and who they are working for and what is their motive for giving such information. They must tell us how many times they have been shot by the military while they were having their meetings.
“This is another senseless military massacre that we will not accept. We must never take that. Somebody must pay for this. We will never allow this one go unpunished. We have taken too much of these military senseless massacres.
“We will know if it is only the Hausa-Fulani that are in Nigeria and whether they are the only people that will live in this country. We will know whether they are the only people that will live, meet and move freely in Nigeria. We will see to the end of this idiotic massacre. This country does not belong to Hausa-Fulani people only.
“It is time they pay with their own blood, we have warned that nobody should provoke us to carry arms but it seems the time is ripe for that now . We must defend ourselves.”
The Delta State Police Command spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka, said that there was an altercation between some soldiers and Biafran militants who tried to collect a soldier’s gun.
He noted that a Biafran militant was killed during an exchange fire with soldiers who came to rescue their own.