The Nigeria Police Force has detained thirty four prohibited Indigenous People of Biafra,(IPOB) members over the killing a Police Inspector, hurting a senior officer and some Police workers and setting on fire a Police patrol vehicle.
The protesters storm Rivers police station, demand release of 3 arrested members File Photo SP Haruna Mohammed PPRO Anambra State Police Command revealed in a statement on Saturday.
He said Anti-riot Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), EOD and Special Anti-Cult Unit Personnel and conservative Policemen have been positioned in Nnewi town and environs to protect the people and prevent destruction of lives and property and to maintain law and order.
The Police Command implored members of the Public to go about their lawful businesses and further reiterated that IPOB is still a proscribed organization and its’ activities remain illegal.
The police statement reads Police captured Thirty Four (34) Suspects (Banned IPOB Members) for killing an Inspector of police, wounding a DPO and some Police employees and setting on fire of a Police patrol vehicle, Anti-riot Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), EOD and Special Anti-Cult Unit Personnel and conventional Policemen have been organised to Nnewi Town and Environs to protect the people and prevent destruction of lives and property and to maintain law and order Peace and normalcy have been restored to Nnewi Town and environs by the Police On 23/11/2018 at about 11:55 am, there was intelligence report that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were sighted gathering in their hundreds near Teaching Hospital, Owerri Road, Nnewi with intent to cause a breach of the Public Peace. Following the report, Police Patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Nnewi, ACP Nnanna Ama mobilized and rushed to the scene in order to disperse and prevent them from causing a breakdown of law and order. However, as soon as Police arrived the Scene, the rampaging IPOB members descended on the Police, set ablaze one Patrol vehicle and attacked them with machetes and stones.
They also paraded towards the Agbaedo Market shouting “NO ELECTIONS WITHOUT REFERANDUM”. As a result of the attack, the DPO, CPS, Nnewi Division, CSP Babalola Adewunyi, ASP Micheal Duru attached to Area Command, Nnewi and Inspector Akinbami Olaniyi attached to CPS Nnewi were inflicted with machete cuts. The injured personnel were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention; where the Inspector was certified dead by a medical doctor while the DPO and the ASP are presently receiving treatment.
Consequently, the Command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising of anti-riot Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), EOD and Special Anti-cult Unit Personnel and conventional Policemen who dispersed them and restored normality in the area. So far Thirty Four (34) suspects have been detained and are now in police custody while Joint Police Intervention Force patrols are currently ongoing in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order. Meanwhile, the Police Joint Team have commenced search operations for the recovery of two AK47 rifles and one Beretta Pistol with ammunition snatched from the slain Police Inspector and Police Officers wounded by the banned protesters.
Efforts are on to capture other fleeing suspects to bring them to justice. Finally, the Command pleads with members of the Public to go about their lawful businesses and further restates that IPOB is still a banned organization and its’ activities remain unlawful.