Reports have indicated that some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra on Tuesday, September 12, allegedly clashed with the Hausa community in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
According to the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN), an eyewitness identified as Frank said that the incident left many injured from both sides.
He said the incident started when some purported members of IPOB gathered at Timber Junction awaiting other members to join a procession to Aba, Abia State but were rounded up by Nigerian soldiers using brute force which left many of the IPOB members injured.
In his words,
“A deadly confrontation immediately ensued between IPOB members and soldiers and ultimately led to some members venting their anger on the Hausa community in the area.”
It was gathered that the Oyibo section of the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway was shut down with human and vehicular movement restricted.
The Spokesman for 6 Division of Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Col. Aminu Illiyasu, confirmed the clash adding that troops were deployed to the area. He said that deployment of troops to the area was unconnected to Operation Python Dance, currently on-going in five states of the Southeast zone.