Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday clashed with unknown gunmen in Ihiala, Anambra State.
It was gathered that the IPOB members suspected to be from its militia wing, Eastern Security Network killed five of the unknown gunmen.
People of the two reportedly hailed IPOB operatives when they carried the bodies of the gunmen in a Hilux van towards the Onitsha-Owerri expressway.
“It is true. The incident happened at Akwa village in Ihiala during a clash between IPOB and unknown gunmen,” an eyewitness told Vanguard.
“The gunmen have a camp at a place called Oseakwa from where they have been terrorizing Ihiala, Okija, Uli and other neighbouring communities.
“For some time, the gunmen have been disrupting burials and demanding to be settled before any ceremony is organized. They are also the group that has been kidnapping people and snatching cars.
“On June 17, IPOB swooped on the gunmen in their camp and five people were killed during the shootout. IPOB operatives loaded the corpses in a Hilux van and paraded them around the villages.”
Meanwhile, suspected Ebubeagu operatives clashed with gunmen during a burial ceremony in Ihiala on Friday.
According to the eye witness, “It was terrible. What happened was that one Ekene who is a businessman in Ihiala was burying his late brother and his in laws from Imo State came with members of Ebubeagu to protect them, only to be confronted by people who said they are unknown gunmen in charge of Ihiala.
“The argument of the gunmen was that Ebubeagu people ought not to enter Anambra State when there are people controlling the area.
”The incident happened at the village called Umuojimaka in Akwa and when the shooting became so much, the family took back the corpse to the mortuary. No new date has been fixed for the burial.”