The atmosphere in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, today, Sunday took a swift turn from the usual political activities to bloodshed of some innocent members of the Yahweh Yahshua Synagogue of the Jewish community in the state.
IPOB: BLOOD SPILLS AS POLICE STAB AND ARREST JEWISH WORSHIPPERS IN ABIA
The horrible incident which occurred between the hours of 11am and 12noon, at the police headquarters, along Bende road, in the state's capital territory, left some of the Jewish worshippers in pain and agony from the gun injuries and tear gas unleashed on them by some police officers at the headquarters, as they protested against the unlawful arrest of two of their members by the police, and to ascertain the why of their arrest.
Our reporter who was at the scene of the incident disclosed that some policemen at the headquarters vehemently struck the worshippers with their guns, giving them deep cuts on the different parts of their bodies, while shooting at them with some chemicals that left some half blind, as they sorrowfully matched into the station, unarmed, inquest of their abducted members, living over four with grave injuries, with blood gushing out from the various parts of their bodies.
Our reporter further revealed that while the worshippers had dispersed the station, bullets were seen flying towards the direction of the aggrieved worshippers, three young men in their late twenties were seen, sitting on the floor with their bare bodies, in police custody, as the officers who kept eyes on them (the Jewish men) resisted all efforts to find out the why of the heinous attack meted on them.
It could be recalled that the Jewish religious worshippers had since Friday's dusk reportedly stormed Umuahia in a bid to offer their first praises and prayers to Chukwu Okike Abiama, in line with the Jewish culture, at the home of home of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, their member whose whereabouts has remained unknown ever since military invasion, at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia.
Morel Nwachukwu Chukwukadibia Yimyaho, the Morel of the synagogue, has this to say:
"After keeping our shabbat, we were preparing to leave this morning, two of our members went out to buy food but suddenly they were attacked, and collected their prayer materials. So, when they came back, we sent our elders to go and know what happened, when they got their, they arrested them too and carried them in their Hilux van to the station and then, we all decided to go and know why things are happening this way, they started shooting us with tear-gas, stabbed us with guns, a lot of us were badly wounded, some have broken legs, they hit us with the head of their guns, they start beating us, our blood is flowing. You can see this my brother here with blood all over his body, they struck him with the gun on the head and right now, he has blood all over, and even this little one year -old girl crying , they struck her by the leg and she has a broken leg now. They say they're going to call the army. Let them know that nobody enters into the hands of the Jewish people that comes out alive. They've started a war that they cannot finish and as they have touched us, BIAFRA has come", he wailed.
An eye witness, who spoke anonymously, also decried the activities of the Nigeria police force, describing it as gross weakness to humanity.
Meanwhile, the PPRO, when contacted on the telephone denied knowing about the unpleasant incident, while also some Policemem both at the headquarters and state CID denied the report too, as the whereabouts of the elders who were also arrested could not be ascertained as at the time of press.