Tension as soldiers gun down IPOB militants in Abia
NEWS DIGEST – There was a palpable tension around the palace of Eze Aro in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, on Wednesday, as soldiers and militants of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) exchanged gunfire.
According to a report by Daily Trust Newspaper, five members of the outlawed group fell to the superior firepower of the armed gang.
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The IPOB militants were said to have stormed the community to the enforce “sit-at-home” order declared by the outlawed group.
IPOB had asked residents to remain indoors on days that Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, is arraigned in court.
Kanu was arraigned on a 7-count charge at an Abuja court on Thursday and he pleaded not guilty.
The source said immediately residents of the area got news that the IPOB leader had been brought to court, they took to the streets in celebration.
The source said the IPOB members, who were also in a jubilant mood that Kanu is alive, contrary to reports they had been getting about the safety of the separatist leader, marched on the streets.
On arriving the First Bank axis of the town, the IPOB members exchanged gunfire with soldiers.
The security source said five members of the pro-Biafra group bowed to the superior firepower of the troops.
He said the gunshots caused pandemonium in Arochukwu, as residents scuttled into nearby bushes.