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Police officer killed [CONFIRMED]59 IPOB Members Arrested, To Face Murder, Arson Charges

At least one person, a police officer, has beenconfirmed dead after an attack by suspected

members of the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB,

in Abia State, the police have said.

The police also announced that at least 59

suspected members of the now outlawed group

have been arrested by security officials.

The new police commissioner in Abia State,

Anthony Ogbizi, who stated these, also said

suspected members of IPOB, recently arrested,

will be prosecuted for murder, arson and other

related crimes.

Mr. Ogbizi disclosed this during a press briefing

and parade of seven suspected members of IPOB

at Ariaria police station in Aba.

He said following the proscription of IPOB by

governors in the South-east and its declaration as

a terrorist group by Nigerian Army, anybody found

with Biafran materials would be arrested and


He said that they would be prosecuted under the

anti-terrorism Act to ensure they were properly

dealt with.

Mr. Ogbizi, echoing what the army had earlier

said, stressed that IPOB by their action had

shown itself to be a “terrorist group” which must

be dealt with as such.

He said that between September 10 and

September 14, the Ariaria police station was

attacked by suspected members of IPOB who destroyed everything at the station.

He said they came with petrol bombs which they used to gain entrance, destroy properties and took

three pump action guns.

“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In

fact as I am talking to you, one of the injured

police officer is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life.

“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it

takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer”, he said.

Mr. Ogbizi said they also destroyed property of lawful citizens too adding that their demonstration was not peaceful.

He also alleged that the group attacked a nearby

bank to get money to acquire more weapons.

The police boss said about 30 IPOB members

were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.

He said that suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of

Commissioner of Police and AIG Zone 9 in umuahia.

Mr. Ogbizi said that the army recovered several exhibits including the coat of arms of Biafra from the suspects.

“As I am talking to you now information reaching me said they have started gathering at Nnamdi

Kanu’s house”, he said.

Mr. Ogbizi called on the people to volunteer

information on the whereabout of the Leader of

IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

He denied the rumors circulating in the state that

security agents have arrested Kanu’s father.

(NAN)ice Confirm Officer Killed,59 IPOB Members Arrested, To Face Murder, Arson Charges

Mr. Ogbizi disclosed this during a press

briefing and parade of seven suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.

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