Biafra: 1 Officer killed, 32 IPOB members arrested, 2 police vans burnt in Rivers

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Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Zaki
Ahmed says thirty-two suspected members of
the Indigenous People of Biafra have been
arrested.
CP Zaki said the thirty-two were among those
who allegedly caused mayhem at Oyigbo Local
Government Area of the state.
He also confirmed the killing of one police
officer, adding that many others sustained
injuries.
Briefing newsmen at the Command’s
Headquarters in Moscow road in Port Harcourt,
the Commissioner of Police, however, said
normalcy has since been restored in Oyigbo just
as he vowed that all those involved in the
violent attack will be made to face the wrath of
the law.
CP Ahmed also dismissed reports that a
mosque was touched during the attack, adding
that there is no justification to the actions of
the pro-Biafran agitators.
According to him, “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.
“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.”