‘We only shot in the air’: Nigerian Navy Denies Killing Pro-Biafra Demonstrators

‘We only shot in the air’: Nigerian Navy Denies Killing Pro-Biafra Demonstrators

By News Desk | The Trent on September 6, 2015
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Pro Biafra groups stage a protest in Australia, May 2013 (Photo Credit: Daily Sun)

The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command (CNC), Rear Admiral Stanley Ogoigbe, has described as untrue reports that some protesting members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) under the aegis of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) by operatives of the command in Anambra State.

Speaking to newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Yenogoa, Bayesla State, Ogoigbe said contrary to reports, the Navy personnel only shot in the air to scare the large number of protesters who had already overrun the policemen on duty.

He said that the naval officers “did not injure, let alone kill a soul.”

Ogoigbe added: “To our surprise, MASSOB started claiming that the Navy has killed two of their men. I don’t know what they wish to achieve with this propaganda, fabricating stories against the Navy.

“We just want all well meaning Nigerians to know that no MASSOB member was killed in that area of Anambra State where the Navy was keeping the peace and carrying out their legitimate duties.

“It was not only Navy that was there, the police and other security agencies were also there, and they all confirmed that nobody was killed. I don’t know where MASSOB manufactured their story.

“That is why I am taking the responsibility to clear the air to avoid an unwarranted tension.”

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