- Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra allegedly burnt trucks belonging to Dangote Industries Ltd in Port Harcourt, Rivers state
- The police say they have restored normalcy to the area where the incident occurred
- According to the police, no suspect has been arrested in connection with the arson
The Rivers police command says it has restored normalcy after suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly burnt trucks belonging to Dangote Industries Ltd.
NAN reports that the development the development was confirmed on Friday, September 14 by the command’s spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni.
NAIJ.com gathers that it was not immediately clear the reason for the attack, but a witness, who simply identified himself as Tony, said the incident might be connected to the sit-at-home order declared by IPOB.
The witness said the secessionist group might have carried out the act because its sit-at-home order was defied by some residents of Oyibo local government area of Rivers.
Omoni said the incident took place in the early hours of Friday, September 14, at the highly populated Oyibo town that shared border with Port Harcourt.
He said: “Our personnel working on intelligence we gathered yesterday (Thursday) confronted them, IPOB members, and thereafter took over the place. We have not been able to ascertain the extent of damage; but we do know that members of the proscribed IPOB were there this morning.
“We are still assessing the situation, and at the end of the day, we will come up with what really happened in terms of the damage. However, it is important to note that we have restored normalcy to the area (Oyibo).”
The police spokesman said that no suspects had been arrested while promising to inform the public on the outcome of the operation.
Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, spokesman of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said the army would respond by assisting the police only when the incident escalates. He said: "So, for now, we are not involved."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that some protesting members of the outlawed Independent Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) were arrested by the police in Enugu state.
The commissioner of police in Enugu state, Danmallam Mohammed, who reportedly confirmed the arrest, said 21 members of the group were arrested while protesting in front of the Government House in the state capital.
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