There was bloodbath on Friday at Ihiala, Anambra State as five gunmen were killed during a clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and unknown gunmen in the area.
An eyewitness, who confided in the Punch, said the IPOB operatives carried the bodies of the gunmen in a Hilux van and shot indiscriminately as they drove towards the Onitsha-Owerri expressway.
The eyewitness said: “The incident happened at Akwa village in Ihiala during a clash between IPOB and unknown gunmen.
“The gunmen have a camp at a place called Oseakwa from where they have been terrorising Ihiala, Okija, Uli and other neighbouring communities.
“For some time now, the gunmen have been disrupting burials and demanding to be settled before any ceremony is organised. 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.”
In a similar development on Friday, some people suspected to be members of Ebubeagu were said to have clashed with gunmen at Ihiala during a burial ceremony. No life was however lost.
An eyewitness, who recounted the incident, said following the clash, the burial had to be cancelled and the corpse returned to the mortuary.
He said: “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.”