Policeman injured as suspected IPOB members torch Ebonyi stations

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Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki

Two police divisions in Ebonyi State have been attacked by hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

While the attack on one of the police divisions in Isu in the Onicha Local Government Area occurred Thursday afternoon, the other attack at Achiagu in the Ezza North Local Government Area took place on Thursday night.

A policeman in Isu reportedly sustained injuries while a section of the station and four patrol vehicles were burnt by the hoodlums.

The police in the state had on Thursday night confirmed the attack on Isu police division in a statement released a few hours before the Achiagu incident.

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As of the time of filing this report, the police had yet to confirm the Achiagu attack as calls to the mobile of the police spokesman in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, didn’t connect. However, the statement signed by Odah blamed IPOB for the attack on Isu Police Division.

Odah said the secessionist group had, prior to the attack, threatened the police for protecting herdsmen who allegedly killed its members.

She said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Aliyu Garba, had visited the area and met with the stakeholders with a view to arresting the perpetrators.

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The statement reads, “Today (February 4, 2021) around 3.25pm, hoodlums suspected to be members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra attacked Onicha Divisional Headquarters, Isu in Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State, set ablaze the left wing of the division and four patrol vehicles.

“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. One policeman sustained machete cuts during the attack and he is responding to treatment in the hospital. The CP while assuring residents of the state of his commitment to the protection of lives and property urges all to remain law-abiding as normalcy has totally returned to the area.”

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