2 dead as militants attack Navy in Onitsha

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•Police avert another bloody clash at Upper Iweka

From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha

Two persons were confirmed dead yesterday when hoodlums suspected to be militants attacked a Naval outpost located at the outskirt of the commercial city of Onitsha . This was just as police averted what could have been another bloody clash at the Upper Iweka axis of the city The Onitsha Area Commander, Mr. Benjamin Wordu who led combined team of Army and police to the Onitsha-Owerri Road, Upper Iweka restored normalcy to the troubled areas.

Daily Sun gathered that the incident occurred at the Onitsha Naval outpost, Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State when hoodlums attacked the Naval officers on routine check following a distress call from the policemen from Zone 9, Umuahia that a suspect was fleeing arrest.

According to a source, policemen from Zone 9, Umuahia had stormed the Atani community in trail of a suspect simply called Mmeso in connection to various crimes when the suspect resisted arrest through the help of his men and was about to escape when they raised the alarm.

“Police from Zone 9 stormed this area at about 5 am and cordoned off the area in search of one suspect called Mmeso who resisted arrest through the help of his gang and was driving towards Naval checkpoint when the policemen raised the alarm and when the Naval officers got the information, they saw a vehicle, a Gulf car coming and they stopped him, it was at that point that the policemen arrived and identified that he was the suspect they came to arrest, they presented warrant of arrest to him and effected the arrest.

“However, unknown to the Naval officers, the hoodlums went and regrouped and came out in full force to attack the Naval outpost and started pulling down the Naval checkpoints.

They also attacked the personnel during which the officers resisted their advance and two persons were shot among them while seven others were arrested.” Speaking on the incident, the Commanding Officer, Onitsha Naval Outpost, Navy Captain A. Amed said the hoodlums had been terrorizing the residents of the area through illegal abduction of residents and other criminal activities. He further said his men overpowered the militants who he said were advancing towards the base with a view to disarming them and take over the base when they were overpowered and in the process arrested some of them while others fled to nearby bush around the area.

Amed further reiterated the readiness of the Navy to sanitize the entire area by making sure that the hoodlums were sacked from the entire commercial city of Onitsha especially during and after Christmas periods and called on Atani residents to volunteer information that could lead to the various camps of the hoodlums.

Items recovered from the suspects militants included cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, charms and two bags containing substances suspected to be Indian hemp and cocaine while those arrested have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Awka for further investigations.

When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ralph Uzoigwe, confirmed the incidents and said investigations were ongoing to unravel the motive of the attack on Naval outpost and to arrest the fleeing members of the militants. In a related development, policemen attached to the Onitsha Area Command averted what could have been another bloody clash at the Upper Iweka axis of the commercial city of Onitsha when two factional groups of revenue collectors clashed.

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  2. NZE CHUKWU IN THE LAND OF AMAGUNZE OBODO ITIEGINAA. on

    Sir biko bokoharams are up there in North oooo abi they are untouchable? militants ke’

    • E woo! Chei!! O gini? Ndigbo ndi oma, ndi nwe m na ndi nwe, unu o n’ahukwa ihe m n’ahu ugbu a? Ihe na-esi m o na-esikwa unu? Ndigbo biko mepe anya unu k’unu hu na ike (anya nsi) unu dizi na-ezi. Ndi ndi-ozo juru aju, ha o g’ajuzi onwe ha? Ndigbo, anyi o g’ajuzi onwe anyi? Ike (anya nsi) Ndigbo na-esizi ndi agbata obi anyi, o joro njo! Ihe di njo di njo, ihe di asi di asi. Bikozienu, Ndi Chukwu tere mmanu, Ndigbo oma, ndi nke Chukwu, k’anyi hapu ite onwe anyi unyi n’iru. Ndi ozo jizi anyi mere ihe ochi. Ndi ozo a bu ndi achoghi oganiru anyi, ndi ekpere ha bu otu ha ga-esi hu Ndigbonile na-ime onunu. Eji m anya mmiri ebe a n’asi bikozienu k’anyi hapu igba onwe anyi n’anwu.

      Biko umu nne m (OUK na T.Orji), biko obi adighi m mma (o dighi kwa Chukwu) maka otu unu si agba Ndigbo n’anwu, nke kachasi ibe ya njo bu nsogbu ahu ekwesiri idozi na Abia, e wee buru ya ga na nke ndi iro anyi. Ihere o n’emekwa unu? Orji na Orji, kedu ka-unu ji eme onwe unu otu a. Unu gbahara onwe unu maka ndi pdp abughi ndi kwesiri idoziri unu okwu. Ka Chukwu gozie unu nke ukwuu dika unu na-eme otu a.

      A choro m iji ohere a (maka anya mmiri m ekweghizi ka m mara ihe m n’eme ugbu a) gwa ndi nile n’asi na OUK mere nke a mee nke a. Kedu ka-onye bu onye igbo g’abia n’ebe a na-ekwu ma obu na-ede ihe enweghi isi (n’asu ya na bekee) ekwugide onyi Igbo ibe ya. Gini ka nwanne gi nke n’agba nbo otu aga-esi chikota Ndigbo onu mere gi. Nkpagbu a nile ndi Naijiria n’akpagbu anyi bu Ndigbo o di unu mma? Anyi hapuru ngba anyi kwesiri igbawa wee gbawazie ozo. Onye obuna bu onye Igbo (ma ndi ochichi) nke amaghi na ndi iro anyi bu ndi Naijiria, onye ahu bu Ewu. Ndi ochichi anyi, unu bilie na-ura, unu dozie ala Igbo ka-odi ka-ebe obibi. Maka oburu na-unu ekweghi ekwe, Anyi bu ndi Ikorobia g’enyere unu aka ma-oge rue.

      Ndigbo, oburu na-unu achoghi OUK, biko k’anyi biakota onu jiri otu obi, mezie nghoro nime onweghi, ya buru na ndi Naijiria achoghi k’anyi chia n’afor Puku iri abuo na iri na ise, anyi azowazie Biafra. Ha nile di nfe ma oburu n’anyi abiakota onu ma hukwa onwe anyi n’anya. Onweghi ihe gbara Chineke ghari. Ka Chukwu gozie Ndigbo nile n’aha Jisos, amin.

      I g’enweta m na: zero asato zero ato itolu ano zero asato otu itolu abuo

      • Mazi Okposi, okwu toro m obi uto. ma ihe mere na ndi igbo ahuro onwe ha nanya bu ihe nmaghi. Okwu gi mara mma nke uku. Ma otutu ndi bee anyi amaha agu okwu igbo. Onyere nsogbu otu ha ge esi nwe nwota ihe idere n’ eba. Udo dirigi na ezi n’ ulogi

      • Nwa nne’m, okwu gi toro uto karia nke ukwuu, ma na nsogbu ndi gbo nwere anyi ji we na edetosi ndi ndoro ndoro ochichi no na ala igbo, ha na eme anyi biri biri na anya, ha na eduputa anyi na uzo we gbahapu anyi nenweghi olile anya obula..

        Onweghi onye na edu ndi Igbo na ime nmuo na eziokwu. ha ji ntu na aghugho we jekwu ndigb we na agwo anyi ji na aja. Nka mere Ndigbo enwezighi ntukwasi obi na ebe ha no.

        jiri Ohaneze we maa atu, ha adighi ukwuchita onu Ndigbo, ha na acho soso akpa ha, lee ka asi egbu Ndigbo ka anu bi na ohia na ugwu ewusa, Ohaneze enweghi ike igbo uja taaa, si na okwanu mmadu chineke kere eke ka ana egbu. Kedu ka Ndigbo ga esi wee nwee ntukwasi obi na udi akparamagwa di otua Ohaneze na akpaso Ndigbo?

  3. NZE CHUKWU IN THE LAND OF AMAGUNZE OBODO ITIEGINAA. on

    @Mohmud, thank God you people have come to understand it now. failed state indeed. at Mohmud as our state has failed what is the next answer me forget our politicians.

  4. This story is very funny…………hoodlums re-group and attack a naval outpost manned by well armed naval men to disarm them, but all they found on them was cutlass, charms and two bags of indian hemp and cocaine. How do they intend to disarmed fully armed naval personnel with cutlass, charms and two bags of indian hemp? What is two bags of indian hemp and cocaine doing in such a scene ? I strongly beleived there is more to this story and I also suspect the bags of drugs has a bigger role to play in this incident that claimed two lives. The story stinks and should be properly investigated

    • Nigerians have killed another two (2) Igbos also arrested seven (7) again and later labeled them militants. Who are you deceiving? Capt. Amed, you and your boys have killed two Igbos for no reasonable cause. You cannot tell us that the group wanted to disarm the naval officers without arms. Who are you hoodwinking? You should have short them by the legs or hands if you exact you cannot collect their cutlass without shooting. Imagine shooting and killing two people with cutlass, charm and drugs. How many Hausas who move and attack security personnel with heavy weapons (Ak 47 and bomb) have been short to dead? You have started again! you forget that your duty is to arrest such people (if actually they were having those things you mentioned) and try them accordingly. This case has to be investigated in good order. The prime suspect (as claimed) has been arrested and nobody was short at the process of arresting him, and you want us to believe that those short dead later were his boys or his group who came to DISARM the naval officers with CUTLASS. The truth must be unraveled.

      Peter Obi, nwoke oma n’achi Anambra Steti, Biko jisi ike zipu ndi ga-eneba anya n’okwu a. Anyi kwesiri imata ma ndia o bukwa ndi ori na-eziokwu ma obu asi.
      Ndi a bu ndi n’ana utu ana-akpo ndi npiawazu kwesiri k’akuziere ha ihe bu oru ha, o ga enye aka kwusi nkpari a n’ala Igbo. Ka Chukwu gozie unu.

      zero asato zero ato itolu ano zero asato otu itolu abuo

  5. ADEWUYI SAMSON on

    IT,S JUST BECAUSE GORVERMENT ALOWED THE TOUT, THE BAD BOYS IN THE PARKS AND STREETS THAT IS WHY THEY BEHAVE ANY HOW SECONDLY POLICE KNOW THEM ALL, THEY WORKED TOGETHER. MAY GOD HELP US IN THIS NATION.AMEN.

  6. ADEWUYI SAMSON on

    YOU ARE RIGHT, CAPT, IT,S JUST BECAUSE GORVERMENT ALOWED THE TOUT, THE BAD BOYS IN THE PARKS AND STREETS THAT IS WHY THEY BEHAVE ANY HOW SECONDLY POLICE KNOW THEM ALL, THEY WORKED TOGETHER. MAY GOD HELP US IN THIS NATION.AMEN.

  7. @nwa okposi. I love reading your igbo comments. Been away from igbo land for more than a decade made me to see that igbo language is spiritual. Ndi be anyi nanu edetu na igbo. Love

  8. @ Capt Ben all these explaination given by the commanding officer of that Naval unit did not satisfied you, how would you want these criminal to disharm the naval personnel on duty.

    Did you want the personnel to fold their hands and to be disharm by these criminal element because of this grazzy democracy we have in this country.If i may ask did you know the rules of engagement in that lawless state.

    You bloody civilian Capt Ben please wear that uniform for a minute and see how it feels, if you call your self a man.

  9. Nigerians have killed another two (2) Igbos also arrested seven (7) and later labeled them militants. Who are you deceiving? Capt. Amed, you and your boys have killed two Igbos for no reasonable cause. You cannot tell us that the group wanted to disarm the naval officers without arms. Who are you hoodwinking? You should have short them by the legs or hands if you exact you cannot collect their cutlass without shooting. Imagine shooting and killing two people with cutlass, charm and drugs. How many Hausas who move and attack security personnel with heavy weapons (Ak 47 and bomb) have been short to dead? You have started again! you forget that your duty is to arrest such people (if actually they were having those things you mentioned) and try them accordingly. This case has to be investigated in good order. The prime suspect (as claimed) has been arrested and nobody was short at the process of arresting him, and you want us to believe that those short dead later were his boys or his group who came to DISARM the naval officers with CUTLASS. The truth must be unraveled.

    Peter Obi, nwoke oma n’achi Anambra Steti, Biko jisi ike zipu ndi ga-eneba anya n’okwu a. Anyi kwesiri imata ma ndia o bukwa ndi ori na-eziokwu ma obu asi.
    Ndi a bu ndi n’ana utu ana-akpo ndi npiawazu kwesiri k’akuziere ha ihe bu oru ha, o ga enye aka kwusi nkpari a n’ala Igbo. Ka Chukwu gozie unu.

    zero asato zero ato itolu ano zero asato otu itolu abuo

  10. Onye Dere okwu Igbo o udo dikwara gi. Ndigbo onye ma asu ya suo nikwe ! Onye n’ amaghi asu ya suo na ala. Ndigbo ya gazie nu. Ka Chineke mezie okwu o.

  11. PASCAL CHIMEZIE on

    For Goodness sake, this piece of report sounds like a cooked up story. What actually led to the death of these people. When they report two dead, you can be sure that more than that number has been wasted.

    This report seems to me like another extra-judicial killing. Are we calling for investigation? By who? In this country?

    They recovered cutlasses, charms, bags of india hemp and cocaine from the so called militants. Yet they said the suspects wanted to attack them and take over their naval base. So the hoodlums carry bags of India hemp and cocaine as part of weapon to attack and take over the naval base.

    What kind of notorious suspect will policemen from Zone 9 Umuahia wanted to arrest that resulted in this unfortunate tragedy? Human life is not worth anything in Nigeria.

    Who will speak for the dead? This trash we are being told as what happened, unfortunately cannot be rebutted by the victims who are now dead. God will judge.

  12. This case requires proper investigation. Two unarmed innocent farmers were murdered by armed military cowards. Those tribalistic Navy cowards protested their postings to the East because they preempted that every Igboman is either an armed robber or a kidnapper or another evil . That’s why those anti-igbo heartless idiots, out of panic killed the two helpless young men. They know that nothing will happen to them or at worst they will be posted outside Igbo-land . But I recommend that while looking into their case they should be posted to Maiduguri and Yobe to shoot B.H. since they are sharp shooters

  13. That is a good one from that naval out-post. You are either an armed force or you are not; and the earlier these epes or whatever you call them get that message across, the better. That the Nigerian Navy/Army/Airforce is not the police and that they operate at different levels.
    We need more of the likes of Navy Captain A. Amed to clean-up the mess (bloated ego of political turgs) in this society.

  14. Dis is nt a cuked up story,its real story,d ogbaru youth mobilis 2 disarm d navy officers @ deir navypost,bt d navy oficers being afraid 2 shoot dem invite d army y shuting up only 2 scare d civilans,bt d mobilisation is 2much dat d lives of dose navy re in dangerd,d army came in atempt 2 scare dose civilians shut more dan 5 pple 2 death wit many injured,even some re blinded wit gun shut,witout d army interventio d civilians could ve cause 2many damage 2 navy oficers.even 4 days after dis protest d army stil atak dose boys @ d uga park in onitsha,dis leads 2 d masacre of more dan 12 civilians nd many other wounded,d navy shut no 1 in al dis,infat dey behav powerles nd harmles,im an eye witnes 2 dis incidence,an ordinary civilian residing in dat lokation,i upload dis informatn b/c of d comments pples re comenting on dis,tanx nd b properly guid

  15. Thou our political system is nt okay bt d civilians should learn 2 behav moraly nd responsibl,y should civilians put law in2 deir hands,even if d navy force is faulty den y cant u sue dem,b/side in dis case dey nt convited(guilty),y engaging in mobilisation dat can cost ur lyf,tank God 4 army’s intervention,asuming dey outwin d navy who knws if dey ‘ll nt mobilise against police force,infat y on earth due dey suport d resist of mmeso’s arrest,illiterate civilians,dey ve pay wt deir lyf,

  16. @john,onyi,igwe and nzeji. Fuck u all. Dis place is not a theater 4 native dialet. And 4 claimin civilians were killed nd mask as militant, it is obvious wth u pple in d south dat u sppt militanci,arm rubberi, k-nappin and hoodlumtic art. So i no reason why u blame d north 4 spptin boko haram.

  17. Obioma rie nsi ebe ahu!!!! Gini mere na ima nsu ya na olu igbo??? Na asu beeke na imaro anya ya ,,ka ndi ugwu na ndi ofemanu weree na achi anyi ochi

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