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Two arrested over MASSOB/Police clash

05 February 2014, 17:32

Abakaliki - The Police in Ebonyi have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in the clash between Police and members ofthe Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

The incident which occurred on Monday, February 3 at Iboko in Izzi Local Government Area, left three policemen with various degrees of injuries.

Confirming the incident on Tuesday in Abakaliki, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chris Anyanwu (ASP), alleged that the MASSOB members attacked the policemen who were on official duty at Iboko.

According to him, the two suspects are now helping Police in their investigation to unravel what really happened.

 "They were the ones who attacked the police. Two of our men were wounded and are being treated at the State Police Clinic while one who sustained spinal cord injury was taken to Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu.

 An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on condition of anonymity, that the youths whom the police alleged to have been training criminals in the area, attacked the policemen.

The witness said that the police in Iboko had been trailing the youths in the area over the suspicion that they were training criminals.

The father to one of the youths, Boniface Nwofoke, told NAN that his son was not a criminal but a member of MASSOB.

 "My son is not a criminal; all I know is that my son is always involved in MASSOB activities and is a serious member of the group.

"I gave him money to deposit for me in the bank on the day of the clash and he said that he will go to the hospital to see his friend who was sick.

"My son told me that he was on his way to the hospital that police accosted him," he said.

-  NAN

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