Nigeria: Igbos Attacking Northerners In Onitsha, Asaba

There is panic in the Southeastern and South-south Nigeria as war has started against the northerners in Onitsha, Anambra State by Igbos in what appears to resemble reprisal attacks following the killing of an Igbo bus driver by a Hausa policeman.

The bus driver suspected to be a member of the Movement of the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), was killed by policemen in one of the illegal checkpoints.

According to an eyewitness, the driver of a coaster bus with registration number AA 768AHD, simply identified as Edwin, escaped a checkpoint by ABS junction, and was pursued by one of the policemen who caught up with him and deflated his tires and subsequently shot him on the neck, killing him instantly.

The conductor of the bus, Samuel Ekwueme, who was weeping profusely, said that the driver, gave the policemen N20 which they refused and insisted that he should give them N50, “my oga said that he had paid in the previous trip and drove off but we did not know that one of them was following us on a motorbike and he intercepted us and shot my oga on the neck and quickly escaped”.

It was gathered that another passenger in the bus sustained bullet wounds when the trigger happy cop opened fire on the bus before he escaped.

The situation however took a dangerous turn when the angry mob comprising of drivers and okada riders, went on a rampage with the corpse of the driver, attacking Hausas and looting their shops in possible reprisal.

The bus was said to be fully loaded with passengers who took off from Nkpor junction and was heading to the Ose Main market, Onitsha when the incident happened as the passengers scampered for safety.

One of the passengers who gave her name as Ifeoma Obi told The Nation that the deceased did not do anything that warranted his murder, adding “its was just pure wickedness on the side of the policeman who because of just N20 wasted this young man’s life”

She also said that when the policeman first shot at the tires of the vehicle, the deceased who was the driver could not move again, a situation she said helped the killer cop to shoot at the deceased from closed range, shattering the glass of the vehicle.

However, the situation took an ethnic coloration as drivers and other hoodlums in the commercial city went on rampage demanding the elimination of Hausa people on the ground that the policeman who shot the deceased was a Hausa man.

The situation also escalated when the angry mob descended on the police team earlier sent by the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhtari Ibrahim to reach and appeal to the rampaging crowd which led to the policemen retreating to avoid further casualties.

It was gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Central Police Station, Mr. Abdul Yusuf escaped death by the whiskers when the angry mob descended on him when he led his men to the scene of the incident.

The angry mob also went on the rampage in different parts of the commercial city hunting for Hausa people who led to many of them taking refuge at the Central Police Station, CPS and other police stations within the city, with many others around the Bridgehead crossing over to Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Reacting to the Development, the new Igbo leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike advised the members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB not to touch any Hausa people buts should dismantle every police check points within the area with immediate effect.

According to Chief Uwazurike who spoke through his second in command, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, the dismantling of all police check point became necessary at a time when the safety of Ndigbo is no longer safe even in their land.

“For a Hausa policeman to kill an Igbo driver here because of mere N20 shows that the policeman is a Boko Haram member but we have urged MASSOB members to leave Hausa people alone because they are not our problem, they should concentrate on dismantling all police check points within the area” he said.

Meanwhile when contacted, the Anambra state Police Commissioner, Mr. Muhtari Ibrahim said the killer cop had been arrested and will soon undergo orderly room trial and prosecution and called on the rampaging crowd to calm down as efforts to resolve the matter had commenced.

  1. Uche Reply

    Peace, Peace Peace, we want peace, I advise my Igbo Brothers to desist from attacking the Hausas living in the South, Remember both Religion preach against violence. i call on the FG to mobilise The Army on the street of Onitsha and it’s environs, we want to live in peace.

  2. muhammad sani Reply

    hausa ,igbo ,yoruba, nd other minority tribes,we have 2 build dat sqirit of patriotism as citezen of nigeria,we shld stop cheating,killing,nd vandalizing our properties just 4 a sentment. Love each other no matter he come from as far as a citezens of dis country.let unite our selves nd fight those rubbish politicians who accelerating d backwardness of our dear country.

  3. bishop Reply

    Every one need to be careful. The polity is already heated up. Violation of human rights has come to the peak. Same with corruption, ethnic and religious violence. The box called Nigeria is becoming too tight for all of us. It is better everyone go their way peaceful, develop their region with whatever resources the have at their own pace than for this turbulence called one naija to continue. The cost of this unity has become too much.

  4. omorogbe osasu isi Reply

    fellow nigerians, let us not use this issue to cause problem that can not be solved, i beg u people in the name of God, policeman is a policeman and not hausa or ibo man, we are one nigeria.

  5. Dignity Reply

    Pls we’re 1 & let d hausa mind there biz.d igbos ve suferd a lot of brutal amasacre by hausas only bz they were non violent people .my fellow nigerian let’s 4get d past & face d feature….

  6. oluchi Reply

    Please the Nigerian Police is to be punished not the Housas. Let them stop the collection of N20 bribes, it cannot add any value to their lives because its cursed money. Security is very poor in Nigeria. How can those people set aside to protect lives are now the people killing. More prayers are required for peace. We are one Nigeria irrespective of religion. Let the almighty God avenge the Islamic sect and their sponsors that came to destroy Nigerians. We ought to pray for peace in Nigeria not fighting. Instead this fight will continue, let Nigeria split into 3 countries for the sake of peace. God Bless Nigeria!

  7. Ezinne Reply

    Talking about considering our Igbo brethren in the North,have we(the Igbos)not been considerate enough?Have they (the Hausas)not done enough harm already?And we still allow them to live freely amongst us.I just wish this nation will be divided,I think this will bring an abrupt end to all these shits my Igbo brethren are facing?

  8. suleiman Reply

    Unfortunately the alleged killer was identified to be a NON HAUSA CHRISTIAN, anambra police revealed after investigation.

  9. ugo Reply

    all men should be no what to do by praying for 9ja pls pls let us stop talking mush and help our lieder and our self .in God we trust and God bless 9ja

  10. hayatuddeen umar Reply

    I AM VERY WORRY FOR WHAT YOU PEOPLE HAVE DRAG ABOUT. IS NIGERIA NOT OUR COUNTRY?. PLEASE LETS FORGET OUR DIFFERENCES, LETS CONSIDER OUR DIFFERENCES. I DO RESPECT IGBO PEOPLE BECAUSE AS SUB NOW I AM TALKING MY BROTHER MARRY TO A IGBO LADY, PLEASE IGBO DO RESPECT MY PEOPLE BUT HAVING UNFORTUNATE POLICE MAN KILLING INNOCENT MAN THAT DOESN’T GIVES THE RIGHT TO GO OUT AND KILLING HAUSA PEOPLE. PLEASE ONE NATION ONE LOVES.

  11. Anonymous Reply

    hausa people re very weked to act unjustice for de sake of igbo so we re one nigeria


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