The soldier was shot dead by a Keke driver who he confronted and threatened to kill if he fails to obey his order. According to our correspondent in Umuahia, the soldier asked the driver to remove the Biafran emblem on his tricycle and threatened to shoot if he fails to comply. The man refused and that led to a fight.
According to another eye witness, the keke driver overpowered the soldier, collected his gun and shot him in the head. Some minutes later soldiers were seen at the city center shooting sporadically at every keke driver passing by and civilians. Report has it that many innocent people especially traders were killed while others sustained injury