This is the second clash between the two groups in two weeks.
No fewer than 12 persons were injured in Onitsha, when members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Association of Igbo Youths, AIYO, clashed on Tuesday.
The two groups clashed at Zik Avenue, Fegge, Onitsha in Anambra, at about 3 p.m. with the fracas forcing traders in the area to close their shops abruptly.
About two weeks ago, the two groups also clashed in Onitsha, inflicting injuries on each other and burning several items, including 10 motorcycles.
The Anambra State Commander of AIYO, Chukwuemeka Omeinyi-Uga, told reporters that members of his group just returned from their routine patrol when MASSOB members swooped on them.
He said that MASSOB members inflicted injuries on AIYO members and burnt their patrol vehicle, a Mitsubishi bus.
Omeniyi-Uga said that the attackers damaged property in AIYO’s office at Zik Avenue, including the property of the owner of the building, housing AIYO’s office.
But Mr. Chris Mocha, MASSOB’s Deputy Director of Information, denied the involvement of his group in the clash with AIYO members.
”Members of AIYO could have been fighting among themselves for political reasons,” Mr. Mocha said.
Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer, of the Police Command in Anambra, Emeka Chukwuemeka, said that he was not aware of the incident.
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