9 feared dead as soldiers, IPOB members clash in Rivers

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About five soldiers and four members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra have been feared dead after a clash in Oyigbo and parts of .

This brings seven the number of IPOB members who reportedly died during the #EndSARS and police brutality protest in the state.

The IPOB members were said have engaged in a shoot- with a joint security team comprising soldiers and police deployed quell activities in Oyigbo, Rumuokwurusi and flashpoints areas.

in a state broadcast on Friday condemned activities of the group despite the 24-hour imposed on the Oyigbo council area.

Wike stated, “We were all witnesses to yet another orgy of violence and destruction inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Local Area and some parts of Port Harcourt City Local Area on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

He said, “This evil, wicked and audacious action resulted in the unnecessary loss of lives, including soldiers and police officers, and the destruction of both public and private properties, police stations, court buildings and business premises.”

The IPOB members and soldiers clashed from night till Friday evening. Spokesman for the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Charles Ekeocha, could not be reached for comment on the matter. He didn’t answer calls to his mobile at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the state police command said two cops were killed, four police stations burnt and over 50 set ablaze by suspected IPOB members who attacked the Oyigbo community and areas in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, stated this when he led commanders of other security agencies in the state to the Oyigbo council area on Saturday.

In a statement 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 statement stated, “The Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan today (Saturday) led commanders of the sister security agencies in the state to Oyigbo council area where hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB the guise of #EndSARS protests invaded Oyigbo Area Command, Oyigbo, Afam and Umuebulu Police stations where they attacked the policemen on duty and burnt down the four police formations.

“In the course of the attacks, over 50 were burnt, including one Armoured Carrier, killing two policemen who were hacked to death and set ablaze.”

Mukan condemned the attack on public and private property, describing it as ‘ill-conceived, most unfortunate and an ill wind that would blow one any good,’ while condoling with the of the slain operatives.

He said, “The command will at nothing until the perpetrators of these dastardly acts are arrested and brought to justice.’’  (SundayPunch)