Two policemen and four others believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday died during the separatist group’s protest in Nnewi, Anambra State.
The Anambra Police command however said only a policeman died in the protest while a Divisional Police Officer in the area was hospitalised following injuries sustained in the clash.
In a chat with Punch, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Mike Okoli said: “I will confirm to you that we lost a policeman in the clash; an inspector. The DPO who went with him to that operation is hospitalised. I can’t tell you of any other casualties; this is the much I know.”
Mayhem reportedly broke out after the pro-Biafran agitators marched round Nnewi and environs on Friday sensitising the people about the need for a referendum to determine a sovereign state of Biafra and rejection of the 2019 general elections.
This follows a message from the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, urging Igbos to boycott next year’s general elections if their demand for a referendum are not met.