Nine IPOB members who are afraid to die collide in rivers
There are fears that at least five soldiers and four members of the banned indigenous population of Biafra were killed in Rivers.
There are fears that they died following clashes in Oyigbo and other parts of Rivers State.
This brings the number of IPOB members who could have died during the #EndSARS and protest against police brutality in the state to seven.
IPOB members reportedly participated in a firefight with a joint security team of soldiers and police sent to interdict their activities in Oyigbo, Rumuokvurusi and other critical areas.
Governor Nyesom Vicke condemned the group’s activities on Friday, despite a 24-hour curfew imposed in the Oyigbo municipality area.
Vike said: “We all witnessed yet another orgy of violence and destruction wrought by IPOB in the Oyigbo Local Government Area and parts of the Port Harcourt Metropolitan Area on Tuesday 20 October 2020.
He said: “These evil, impious and audacious actions have resulted in the death of people, including soldiers and police officers, and the destruction of public and private property, police stations, court buildings and commercial premises.”
On Sunday, PUNCH found that clashes between IPOB members and soldiers took place from Thursday evening to Friday night. Charles Ekeochi, spokesman for the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, could not be contacted for comment. At the time of this writing, he has not answered mobile calls.
Meanwhile, the state police command said two police officers were killed, four police stations were burned and more than 50 vehicles were set on fire by alleged IPOB members who attacked the Oyigbo community and other areas of the state.
State Police Commissioner Joseph Mukan said this when he brought commanders of other state security services to the Oyigbo City Council area on Saturday.
In a statement, State Police Spokesman Nnamdi Omoni, PK ordered a full-scale investigation into the incident with the aim of arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators.
Rivers State Police Commissioner Joseph Mukan brought the commanders of related state security forces to the Oyigbo council area today (Saturday), where gangsters suspected of belonging to the banned IPOB, under the guise of #EndSARS protests, invaded Oyigbo District Command, police stations Oyigbo, Afam and Umuebulu, where they attacked police officers on duty and burned four police formations.
“During the terrorist attacks, more than 50 vehicles were burned, including an armored personnel carrier, two policemen were torn to pieces and set on fire.”
Mukan condemned the attack on public and private property, calling it “an ill-conceived, very unfortunate and evil wind that will benefit no one,” while congratulating the families of the killed officers.
He said: “The command will stop at nothing until the perpetrators of these dastardly actions are arrested and brought to justice.”