Thursday, 14 September 2017

Suspected IPOB members attack police station in Abia state

Suspected IPOB members attack police station in Abia state

Suspected IPOB members attack police station in Abia state

The spokesperson for the, Abia police command, Geoffrey Ogbona, told Premium Times that the attack was carried out around 6.30am on Thursday, September 14, during an ongoing military operation in the area.

Ogbona said: “Ariaria police station (Aba) was burnt down this morning. “The people that did this we are suspecting they are IPOB hoodlums. “The people came in their number, besieged the station and one of our police men was beaten up." He however stated that the officer who was attacked by the hoodlums did not die.

Ogbona said while the violence was underway, the police restrained itself to avoid escalating the violence.

He, however, denied media reports that residence of the commissioner of police for Abia state was attacked by IPOB members. “That of (attack on) the residence of the Commissioner is not true,” he said.

“What happened there was that the place is close to the residence of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu; so, when people see IPOB members gather around there they may think something like that (attack) was happening.”

Meanwhile, following days of reported attacks by suspected members of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), members of the Hausa/Fulani community in Abia state have called for enhanced security for their members taking refuge in various locations.

Idris Bashir, the head of the community on Thursday, September 14, speaking with Premium Times from one of the locations where he and his followers are sheltering temporarily in Aba said about two thousand of his community had been displaced following “two days of attacks.”

Bashir, who is also the Chief Imam of Muslims in the South-eastern state said “about 25 persons” sustained various degrees of injuries and “are now being treated in the police clinic and other hospitals.”



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