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Two MASSOB Members Dead After Clash With Police, Rival Group

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Two members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MAS­SOB) have died in Onit­sha, Anambra State in two separate incidents.

In one of the incidents, two policemen attached to Okpoko Police Divi­sion Onitsha sustained injuries.

In another bloody clash, another MASSOB member reportedly died after he was beaten to coma at Edeh Road area of the commercial city by a rival group.

An eyewitness told Daily Sun that trouble started when one of the late MASSOB members resisted arrest by the two policemen after a woman lodged an assault report against him.

It was said that rather than submit himself for arrest, he mobilized members numbering about 20 on telephone to the scene, who, upon ar­rival, allegedly attacked the policemen for arresting the suspect.

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It was further gathered that while the debacle lasted, some policemen, who acted on a tip-off arrived at the scene and joined their colleagues.

Thereafter, the MAS­SOB members, who had arrived to assist their member, escaped from the place, leaving their apprehended member in the hands of the police.

On arrival at the police station, the suspect was said to have died after complaining of severe pains as a result of the fight with the policemen.

On the other hand, it was gathered that a woman complained to another MASSOB mem­ber that a rival member assaulted her.

The member mobilized his colleagues, to defend the woman who allegedly attacked the victim, who subsequently died after he was beaten to coma.

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We gathered that sympathizers, who acted in anger later mobilized and razed the woman’s shop after which she fled the scene.

The Okpoko Divisional Police Officer, Mr Ola­banji Kayode, confirmed the incidents and added that investigations were in progress.

-SUN

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