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Police Arrest 59 Suspected IPOB Members In Abia |The Republican News

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The police have announced the arrest of 59 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state.

The police have also confirmed the death of an officer after an attack by members of the now outlawed group.

Anthony Ogbizi, the state police commissioner, who stated these, also said the suspected members of IPOB, recently arrested, would be prosecuted for murder, arson and other related crimes.

Ogbizi disclosed this at a media briefing where he paraded seven of the suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.

He said with the proscription of the group by governors in the south-east and its declaration as a terrorist group by the Nigeria defence headquarters, anybody found with Biafra materials would be arrested and prosecuted.

He said the suspects would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism act to ensure they were properly dealt with.

While restating what the army had earlier said, Ogbizi said IPOB had shown itself to be a “terrorist group” which must be dealt with as such.

He said, 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 property 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 officers is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life,” he said.

“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.”

Ogbizi said they also destroyed the 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 suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of the commissioner of police and AIG zone 9 in Umuahia.

Ogbizi said 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.

Ogbizi called on citizens to volunteer information on the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB.

He denied the rumours circulating in the state that security agents arrested Kanu’s father.

(Source: Today)

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Just In: Army Unwarranted Rage On IPOB Is Ethnic Cleansing – Fayose |RN

 

 

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The Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose has described the invasion of the South East by the army and killings as ethnic cleansing and unacceptable.

He lamented in an address that “Nigeria is under ethnic cleansing, and I warned Nigerians ahead of Buhari’s election.”

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Nigerian Military Admits Invading Umuahia NUJ Office |The Republican News

 

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The military yesterday admitted invading the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Umuahia promising to replace damaged work tool of journalists at the centre.

The spokesman for the 14 Brigade in Abia State, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi told Daily Sun on the phone that trouble started when soldiers who were on the Operation Python Dance were on patrol and some journalists at the NUJ secretariat came out to use their phone, iPad and tablet to record the patrol.

He said that it was at this point that the soldiers went into the centre to seize the phones and tablets and things became messier, adding that, “we have resolved with the chairman of the NUJ and we have asked him to list the items destroyed and the Army will replace them.”

Some of the soldiers had invaded the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Aba Road, Umuahia, and destroyed laptops and other valuables.

Also narrating the stories of the invasion, journalists at the secretariat said the soldiers claimed they saw somebody taking photographs of them from the building and without concrete evidence attacked them.

The Chairman of Council Mr John Emejor has confirmed the incident.

Emejor lamented the attack by the soldiers saying that a national officer of the Union Ezeogo Bonny Okoro was physically assaulted by one of the soldiers.

He said: “Our press centre was invaded by soldiers, two journalists lost their iPads and phones, while a national leader in the office was attacked.

“Our stand is that those involved in this attack on innocent journalists should be fished out and punished in line with the Constitution of the country.”       (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Curfew Declared In Aba |The Republican News

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Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu

The forceful invasion of the South East zone especially Abia State by Nigerian soldiers has led to anticipated collapsed of public peace.

In reaction, the government of the state has declared restriction of movement of people in Aba, the largest city in the state.

The curfew for most of the hours of the day takes effect immediately.

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