Four die, NECO candidates stranded as South-East boils

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Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

 

Four persons were feared killed while candidates for the National Examinations Council’s Mathematics paper were unable to sit for it as the South-East boiled on Monday.

The region was locked down as the people obeyed a stern warning from the Independent Peoples of Biafra to stay at home every Monday from August 9, 2021 until their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is released from custody.

Though security agents threatened to botch the order, fear gripped residents of various cities and towns in the region.

Two motorcyclists were reportedly killed in Nnewi, Anambra State even as two naval ratings were shot dead in Awkuzu in the same state in a gun battle with suspected IPOB militants.

A mob descended on Nnewi Area Command, destroying property and carting away arms.

Policemen fled as the attackers invaded the location.

Angry youths burnt two interstate Toyota Hummer buses belonging to Libra Transport in Mbaise, Imo State.

The shutdown affected all the states in the geopolitical zone.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the Nnewi incident, said the attack was repelled by the police operatives.

The PPRO told NAN in Awka that operatives successfully repelled the attackers who came in vehicles in the afternoon.

 

According to him, the police and other security agencies in the area are currently there to ensure that adequate security and the situation is was under control.

But, a resident of the area who preferred anonymity told NAN that they heard heavy gun shots around the area command at about 2.pm on Monday.

“We gathered that the shooting was between suspected unknown gunmen and police at Nnewi Police Area Command and that caused pandemonium amongst the residents of Nnewi community,” he said.

The eyewitness also revealed that the gunmen came in about seven vehicles to the police station and started shooting sporadically stating that the operation lasted for over one hour.

He claimed that the gunmen overpowered the police and carted away arms at the station.

He said by the time reinforcement from the combined team of military arrived, the attackers had left.