In a disturbing incident, a police officer has been killed by rampaging gunmen who also burned down a police station in Ideato local government area of Imo state, DailyTrust reports.
Addressing newsmen on the incident, state public relations officer of the police force said the incident happened in the late hours of Tuesday evening. He added that investigation has since commenced into the matter.
The incident is coming after a similar clash between youths and members of the Nigerian army in the same state. The attack which claimed the life of an officer has been blamed on the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).
The army said in a statement, ” Troops conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN have dispersed IPOB/ESN hoodlums carrying out arson while enforcing the illegitimate Sit- at- Home order imposed by the proscribed group at AWO- MMAMMA Community, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State on 22 November 2021. ”
” In the quest to compel citizens to comply with the unlawful order, IPOB/ESN criminals indulged in harassment, intimidation and physical abuse of commuters going about their lawful businesses. The criminals went further to carry out arson and destruction of businesses and homes at Ishieke junction (along Owerri- Onitsha express way) as a vendetta against the citizens for not complying with the illegal order. ”
” The hoodlums, who had earlier blocked the highway, set ablaze a commercial vehicle heading towards Onitsha. Vigilant troops responding to distress calls by motorists and shop owners swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a firefight. The troops overwhelmed the hoodlums forcing them to scamper in different directions. ”
” The troops pursued the hoodlums to their hideout in Akatta Community in Oru East LGA, where a member of the group was neutralized in the shootout. While the troops engaged the hoodlums in their hideout, other members of the group who alleged that some individuals had volunteered information to the troops mustered at Ishieke junction and set ablaze houses and businesses of law abiding citizens. ”
Reacting to the incident on social media, Nnamdi Edeh wrote, ” Even those who cannot pronounce IPOB correctly will still accuse them of causing trouble. Whether you people like it or not, Nigeria will end soon. “