A survivor of the recent attacks against the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) by the Department of State Services(DSS), has told newsmen that he had to run into a Roman Catholic church at the height of the attack for his safety.
He said that about 15 people who he knows were killed during that raid. “They attempted to shoot me,” the IPOB member, who did not want to be named, said. “One of the DSS officials ran after me as I was running into a Catholic church. The reverend father protected me.”
According to him, the claims by the law enforcement officers that they were first attacked by the IPOB nail-laden wooden planks were force.
He went on to say that the IPOB members only picked up stones and sticks to defend themselves. He added that by the time the DSS operatives returned with more reinforcements, they started assaulting people in the community, asking them where those IPOB members who were holding a meeting at Emene Community Secondary School ran to.
“When they came the second time, they started arresting innocent youths that were not involved, asking where people ran to,” he said.
He said since the incident; security agents had been cracking down on IPOB members.
“They have been doing house-to-house searches, stopping people on buses, checking peoples’ phones. If they see any Biafran symbol on your phone, they will arrest you. People cannot walk on the streets. They have been patrolling everywhere.”
A woman who lives in the neighbourhood where the killings happened in Emene said that, the law enforcement agents appeared to be scared of a protest by IPOB.
The woman who begged anonymity told newsmen, “The army guys were wrong. They are the ones who shot first. They set up a roadblock along the Abakaliki Expressway in Enugu. They have been searching any youths they see in transit. IPOB guys have never carried arms. They don’t act violently or harass people. Even though they want Biafra, they know they have to maintain the peace,” she said.