There was palpable tension in the commercial city of Onitsha, on Thursday, when armed youths invaded motor parks, leaving no fewer than 16 persons with severe injuries, while a car and operational office of the Anambra State task force also known as Mpiawazu were burnt.
The youth, numbering over 500, suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) were alleged to have been engaged by an official of the state government, who was bent on controlling the motor parks.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that trouble started when officials of the state task force on street trading, popularly known as Ndi Mpiawazu, went to resume duties at their office on Owerri road by Upper Iweka and the group of boys challenged them.
According to an eyewitness account, the youth, who had been earlier warned by MASSOB to stop operating in the commercial city on the grounds that they had been disbanded, returned back to resume duties when a group of boys swooped on them.
The source further revealed that the boys resisted the order by MASSOB to vacate the area which led to the clash between the two groups and the office of the Mpiawazu and a car belonging to them were burnt down by the rampaging youths.
Though, no life was lost, the leadership of MASSOB swiftly said the attack was not carried out by their members, adding that they had never been interested in any park within the commercial city of Onitsha.