The ongoing protests by pro Biafran protesters turned bloody Wednesday, when the Joint Military Task Force clashed with the protesters who blocked the Niger Bridge leaving nine people dead and another eight injured.
The protesters had vowed to block the Niger Bridge for three days until detained Director of Radio Biafra is released.
According to reports, about five people died at Niger Bridge Head, three at Obodoukwu Road, while a suya meat seller was said to have been hit by stray bullet and died instantly.
The news of the deaths reportedly sparked another round of protests, as miscreants marched to the Central mosque near Onitsha Main Market and set it ablaze. A federal government registered Hilux Pick Up van was also burnt.
Markets in Onitsha were shut down as early as 12.30 pm, as traders in all the markets in Onitsha and its environs scampered for safety and treked to their homes.
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