At least two people were killed in a clash between state security service (DSS) officers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), security services said on Sunday, August 23.
1st News garnered that the incident between the DSS agents and IPOB took place in Enugu State.
The DSS said two of its personnel were killed in what they called an unprovoked attack; while IPOB, in a statement, said 21 of their members were killed and more than 40 others arrested after security forces stormed one of their meetings.
IPOB leaders have called for secession in the region, where tensions have simmered since a Biafra separatist rebellion sparked a civil war in 1967-70 that killed an estimated one million people.
In 2017, Nigeria’s armed forces designated IPOB as a “terrorist organisation” after it stepped up calls for secession.
Amnesty International in 2016 accused Nigeria’s security forces of killing at least 150 Biafra separatists at peaceful rallies. The military and police denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, at least three people were killed and dozens of others injured as Police attacked mourners marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite Imam and grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in Kaduna.
The incident took place late on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
Reports reveal that police and security forces violently attacked Shiite mourners; who were marking an annual Ashura mourning ceremony organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN); in Hayin Bello neighborhood of Kaduna.
The IMN, led by prominent Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky confirmed the report on Twitter. It stated that police had also fired teargas at mourners in the ceremony and vandalized their vehicles.
“Some vehicles belonged to the mourners are vandalized by @PoliceNG bullets and tear gas; including their patrol vehicle which they shot tear gas at that resulted in a fire,” it said.
The Nigerian government has had a running confrontation with the Shiites for years. Equally important, the current administration had proscribed the IMN and arrested its leader, Sheik Zakzaky; with members regularly taking to the streets of the capital Abuja to call for his release.