- The police has accused IPOB members of launching an attack in Rivers state
- A policeman was killed while two others were injured during the attack
- The police vowed to deal with perpetrators of the attack
The police in Rivers state has given details of what happened in Oyigbo, Rivers state when members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly launched an attack in the Hausa community.
NAIJ.com had reported that the attack took place on Tuesday, September 12, when IPOB members allegedly attacked the Hausas in the community.
Zaki Ahmed who is the commissioner of police in Rivers in a statement released on Wednesday, September 13, explained that a policeman lost his life in the attack while two others were badly injured.
He said that normalcy has been restored in the state and vowed that the perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law.
He dismissed report that a mosque was burnt but lashed out at IPOB for attacking innocent people.
He said: “The said group who had no justification for their action also attacked a Police van from Training School Nonwa enroute Port Harcourt International Airport and burnt the Police van to ashes.
“The driver Inspr. Emaikwu Ochochi was badly injured and is now on admission. They also carted away one AK 47 riffle with sixty rounds of live Ammunition, and one Berretta Pistol with 8 rounds of live Ammunition.
“At the end of their rampage, many vehicles were damaged and stores burnt.
“The timely response of the Police restored normalcy and brought the situation under control as I made adequate deployment to arrest the situation. The mob were dispersed with minimum force thereby restoring law and order. At the end of which 23 IPOB members were arrested.
“However, the Command was awaken to yet another sad incident today at about 0010hrs, where the same dare devil IPOB members regrouped and launched a surprise attack on the Mobile Policemen stationed at Oyigbo junction, killing a Police Sergeant identified as Sgt. Steven Daniel attached to 19 PMF, injuring two and set a patrol vehicle ablaze as a result of which a Sterling SMG Riffle belonging to the deceased Sgt. was taken by the hoodlums.
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“They were however repelled by the Police, where about 9 of them were arrested, bringing the total number of suspects arrested to 32. They are helping us in Investigation and will be due in Court as soon as our Investigation is concluded.”
Meanwhile, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu finally released a statement since the Tuesday, September 12, siege laid at his residence by troops of the Nigerian military.
Kanu in a statement personally signed by him said prominent leaders and group have before now urged him to tow the line of peaceful dialogue with governors from the south eastern region of the country.
He said he already conceded to the request from the prominent leaders which led to the August 30, meeting with governor of the South East Governors' Forum at the Government House in Enugu.
You can watch this NAIJ.com TV video below of Kanu's lawyer talking about the military invasion of his client's house: