*Acts of rebellion will not be tolerated—Police
* Explains what led to the bloody encounter
By Senator Iroegbu
The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has condemned the reported killing of over 21 young Nigerians of Igbo extraction by Security Agents.
This is following the bloody encounter between the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Department of Security Service (DSS) on Sunday, August 23, at Emene, Enugu State, that left scores of people dead, many others injured while DSS confirmed that two of its operatives were killed as well.
But Nwodo reacting to the bloody confrontation in his tweet, deplored the security agents actions as insensitive and against the tenets of a democratic society.
He tweeted: “Information reaching us says about 21 peaceful IPOB members were killed by security operatives yesterday in Enugu.
“This is callous, anti-democratic and I condemn it strongly. Govt must do better in handling issues related to unarmed civilians. Killing for fun must end.”
Information reaching us says about 21 peaceful IPOB members were killed by security operatives yesterday in Enugu.— Nnia Nwodo (@NniaNwodo) August 24, 2020
This is callous, anti-democratic and I condemn it strongly. Govt must do better in handling issues related to unarmed civilians. Killing for fun must end. pic.twitter.com/vOEJLH6LIs
However, the Police Public Relations Office, Enugu State Police Command in statement, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, titled: ‘Operatives Arrest Rampageous Proscribed IPOB Members and Rescue a Security Operative’, gave their own side of the story
The statement read: “Following credible information received on 23/08/2020 at about 0830hrs that suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) numbering over five hundred (500) had gone on rampage, blocking and burning tyres on the road, after abducting Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman MCPSS, MCJ, MNIM immediately deployed Operatives of the Command, led by Enugu Metro Area commander, to rescue the adopted Operatives and restore normalcy.
“On getting to the scene, the Operatives, who were joined by those of DSS, Army and Air Force, came under serious gunfire attacks by the hoodlums. They responded and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the hoodlums were gunned down, while some of them escaped with bullets wounds.”
“The Operatives successfully restored normalcy and rescued one of the DSS Operatives, who were at the said school to disperse the hoodlums from their unlawful assembly, while two others were found lifeless in the scene and later confirmed dead.”
“Five members of the group were arrested and they confessed to being members of the proscribed IPOB, and had gone to the school to hold a meeting and be trained in martial act and self-defense skills.
Machetes, cut-to-size woods with nails affixed, phones and other items were recovered at the scene.”
Meanwhile, Ndukwe said, before getting to the scene, the hoodlums had macheted and gruesomely killed a young man, set ablaze another, while also attacking Police personnel resident in the area.
To this end, he said the Commissioner, while warning that acts of rebellion by persons and/or groups (including the proscribed IPOB) capable of truncating the peace and tranquility enjoyed in the State will not be tolerated, made it clear that perpetrators will be made to face the full weight of the law.
“He further warns hospitals and medical service providers against rejecting anyone seeking medical attention from bullet wounds. But they should treat and duly notify the Command of such persons by calling the following hotlines: 08032003702, 08086671202, 08075390883 or 08098880172.”