Editor’s note: An IPOB member was shot dead by a soldier during the protest in Igwe Ocha, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, November 10. He was not the first victim of the ongoing confrontation between the Nigerian law enforcement agencies and the army on the one side, and members and supporters of the pro-Biafran IPOB movement on the other. Naij.com looks at how civil unrests are dealt with in the Nigeria of the 21st century.


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 Tension In South East Over Biafra Agitation

The pro-Biafran secessionist protests have gathered pace in Southern Nigeria, fuelled by the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the Radio Biafra director. Sympathisers abroad are holding demonstrations as well. The Nigerian segment of the social media is overflowing with graphic content from the alleged sites of clashes.

Arinze Esomnofu, Naij.com guest reporter and columnist, witnessed a Nigerian Army soldier shooting dead a protester in Igwe Ocha, Port Harcourt. 

“The man was shot at the back while running from the army personnel,” Mr Esomnofu wrote. “The protesters have gone wild following the killing of one of them. 

“The question is why did a trained soldier of the Nigerian Army shoot at the unarmed protesters?”

Biafra protests in Port Harcourt, November 10, 2015

An IPOB member allegedly killed by a Nigerian army soldier during the Biafra protests in Igwe Ocha, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Photo credit: Arinze Esomnofu, Naij.com guest reporter and columnist

Reports of killings and battering occurring on the streets of most southern Nigerian states are received daily.

How sure r u??”@chibex4gud: Hand work of buhari boko haram soldiers send in Biafra Land is using ammunition e pic.twitter.com/No8I5bsBnI

— Oluwatoyin! (@Homogbolahan) November 11, 2015

The zoo soldiers blood hunt like their bokoharam comrades.we have come to die. @metpoliceuk take note.#Biafra pic.twitter.com/C2bXxRDNpS — Obioma biafra (@ObiomaBiafra) November 6, 2015

BREAKING! Violence Trails Biafra Protest In Aba (PHOTOS) https://t.co/GUrV8ziNzdpic.twitter.com/6MfDfwlV6H

— Maleek Rahym (@MaleekRahym) November 14, 2015

@HarrietHarman Soldiers shot unarmed #BIAFRANS protesting illegally detained #NnamdiKanuhttps://t.co/TTmL5gL1s2https://t.co/vNjsjlZRw4

— EMMA Nnaji (@30th_May1967) November 12, 2015

Today, Monday, November 16, Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, made an official statement condemning the protests in the country. A lot of prominent Nigerians, including Father Ejike MbakaRotimi Makinde, Godswill Akpabio, etc., support the president in his aspiration to resolve the conflict. At the same time, some high-ranked officials, such as Monsur Dan-Ali, the minister of defence, leave open the possibility of the conflict escalation.

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