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Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Thursday morning, burnt a police station in Abia State and injured one officer, the force spokesperson for the state has told PREMIUM TIMES, amid ongoing military operation there.
According to the spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbona, the attack was carried out around 6:30 a.m.
“Ariaria police station (Aba) was burnt down this morning,” said Mr. Ogbona. “The people that did this we are suspecting they are IPOB hoodlums.”
“The people came in their number, besieged the station and one of our police men was beaten up,” disclosed the spokesperson, who added that, “but glory be to God, we did not lose the officer’s life.”
Mr. Ogbona said while the violent situation was underway, the police did not respond in kind.
“If anything like that had taken place, it would have worsened the situation,” Mr. Ogbona told this newspaper.
He, however, denied a report by the Television Continental, TVC, that the Umuahia residence of the Commissioner of Police for Abia State was attacked by IPOB on Thursday.
“That of (attack on) the residence of the Commissioner is not true,” he said. “What happened there was that the place is close to the residence of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu; so, when people see IPOB members gather around there they may think something like that (attack) was happening.”
He also confirmed attacks in which the Hausa community in Abia State was targeted, but said the normalcy had been restored, following police intervention.
He said: “When we got wind of this, my commissioner moved to Aba and the issue was addressed. All the Hausa people were assured of their safety and they returned to their businesses.”