Horror! 9 Feared Useless As Troopers, IPOB Members Conflict In Rivers


File photograph: Nigerian troopers

A minimum of 5 troopers and 4 members of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra are feared to have been killed in Rivers.

They’re feared useless after a conflict in Oyigbo and different elements of Rivers State.

This brings to seven the variety of IPOB members who reportedly died in the course of the #EndSARS and police brutality protest within the state.

The IPOB members have been stated to have engaged in a shoot-out with a joint safety staff comprising troopers and police deployed to quell their actions in Oyigbo, Rumuokwurusi and different flashpoints areas.

Governor Nyesom Wike in a state broadcast on Friday condemned actions of the group regardless of the 24-hour curfew imposed on the Oyigbo council space.

Wike said, “We have been all witnesses to yet one more orgy of violence and destruction inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Native Authorities Space and a few elements of Port Harcourt Metropolis Native Authorities Space on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

He stated, “This evil, depraved and audacious motion resulted within the pointless lack of lives, together with troopers and cops, and the destruction of each private and non-private properties, police stations, court docket buildings and enterprise premises.”

Sunday PUNCH gathered that the IPOB members and troopers clashed from Thursday evening until Friday night. Spokesman for the 6 Division, Nigeria Military, Port Harcourt, Charles Ekeocha, couldn’t be reached for touch upon the matter. He didn’t reply calls to his cellular on the time of submitting this report.

In the meantime, the state police command stated two cops have been killed, 4 police stations burnt and over 50 autos set ablaze by suspected IPOB members who attacked the Oyigbo group and different areas within the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, said this when he led commanders of different safety companies within the state to the Oyigbo council space on Saturday.

In an announcement by the spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, the CP had ordered a full scale investigation into the incident with a view to appending and prosecuting the culprits.

The assertion said, “The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan as we speak (Saturday) led commanders of the sister safety companies within the state to Oyigbo council space the place hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB beneath the guise of #EndSARS protests invaded Oyigbo Space Command, Oyigbo, Afam and Umuebulu Police stations the place they attacked the policemen on obligation and burnt down the 4 police formations.

“In the midst of the assaults, over 50 autos have been burnt, together with one Armoured Personnel Provider, killing two policemen who have been hacked to dying and set ablaze.”

Mukan condemned the assault on private and non-private property, describing it as ‘ill-conceived, most unlucky and an sick wind that may blow nobody any good,’ whereas condoling with the households of the slain operatives.

He stated, “The command will cease at nothing till the perpetrators of those dastardly acts are arrested and dropped at justice.’’

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