Police Intervene to Stop IPOB Mayhem in Rivers

The Rivers Police Command swooped on suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) after they allegedly burnt trucks belonging to Dangote Industries Ltd.

While it not yet clear the motive for the attack, a source said it may be connected to the Sit-At-Home order declared by IPOB.

The police source added that the separatist group might have carried out the act because its sit-at-home order was flouted by some residents of Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers.

“Our personnel working on intelligence we gathered yesterday (Thursday) confronted them, IPOB members, and thereafter took over the place,” he said.

“We have not been able to ascertain the extent of damage; but we do know that members of the proscribed IPOB were there this morning.

“We are still assessing the situation, and at the end of the day, we will come up with what really happened in terms of the damage.

“However, it is important to note that we have restored normalcy to the area (Oyibo).”

The command’s Spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the development, saying no suspects had been arrested so far.

Col. Aminu Iliyasu, spokesman of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said the army had yet to be involved, but are ready to assist the police when the incident escalates.

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