No fewer than four persons were reportedly killed, and several others severely wounded in Emene, a suburb of Enugu, on Sunday morning, August 23, when heavily armed police men engaged members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB) in a bloody clash.
According to an eye witness account, several hundreds of Christians who were on their way to churches around the area scampered to their different homes when the police men opened fire on IPOB members who at the time were holding their weekly meeting at the Community Secondary School, Emene.
It was learnt that the police squad requested for reinforcement when several gun shots fired at the IPOB members failed to penetrate their bodies.
One bystander said the IPOB members wore amulets to the meeting; hence they withstood the barrage of police gun shots.
Unconfirmed report said that four persons, including one police man was killed, and scores of people wounded during the scuffle which lasted for over one hour.
It was further gathered that the IPOB members sacked the Emene police station, but were prevented by scores of heavily armed security operatives comprising police, Army and DSS, who arrived the scene from setting the police post ablaze.
The Enugu State Police public Relations officer PPRO, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe, could not be reached on telephone at the time of filing this report.
SummitNews recalls that the Federal Government had few years ago proscribed IPOB, and charged its leader Nnamdi Kanu, to court for allegedly committing treasonable felony.