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‘IPOB members’ set police station ablaze in Ebonyi

BY Samuel Akpan

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Persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday set ablaze a police station in Isu, Onicha local government area of Ebonyi state.

Four patrol vehicles were also said to have been burnt during the attack.

Loveth Odah, police public relations officer (PPRO) in Ebonyi, said the attackers claimed that the police were protecting Fulani herdsmen alleged to have killed one of them.

“Today being 4/02/2021 at about 0325hrs, hoodlums suspected to be members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), attacked Onicha Divisional Headquarters, Isu in Onicha L.G.A of Ebonyi State, set ablaze the left-wing of the Division and four (4) patrol vehicles,” she said.

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“This followed threats by the proscribed group who are alleging that the Police were protecting the Fulani herdsmen who they accused of being responsible for the killing of one of their members, Nwite Njoku ‘m’.

“One Policeman sustained machete cuts injuries during the attack and he is responding to treatment in the hospital.”

Odah said Aliyu Garba, commissioner of police in the state, has assured that the perpetrators will be brought to book.

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Ebonyi has witnessed a surge in fatal incidents in the past week.

Three police officers were confirmed dead on Wednesday, following a road accident that occurred along the Abakaliki-Enugu expressway.

The officers were returning from a peacekeeping mission necessitated by a communal crisis in Ezza-Effium, Ohaukwu local government area of the state, which left eight persons killed.

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