The Rivers State Commissioner of Police (CP) Joseph Mukan has stated that members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) are responsible for the attack on police formations across the state.
This was made known in a statement signed by spokesperson of the command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, who revealed that two Police Officers were killed in the attack and some arms and ammunition carted away by the hoodlums.
“21/10/2020 at about 2130hrs, hoodlums, about 500 suspected members of proscribed IPOB invaded Oyigbo Area Command, Oyigbo and Afam Police Stations, setting them ablaze and damaging about fifteen vehicles including one Armored Personnel Carrier (APC),” the statement says.
“In another attack at the Mile 1 Police Station, same rampaging IPOB members under guise of #ENDSARS Protests made frantic attempt at burning the Police Station and office of Eagle Crack Squad,”
“They were however repelled by superior fire power of the Police, as three of them were fatally wounded in the exchange of gunfire, while eight (8) of them were arrested and immediately transferred to State CID where they are currently helping in our investigation. We have been able to stabilize the Command, though there are still pockets of threats from their remnants at the fringe communities in Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA) but no stone will be left unturned till they are arrested and brought to justice.”
CP Mukan appealed to Rivers populace to remain calm and religiously obey the curfew imposed by the State Government.
CP Mukan said his Command won’t be deterred in its constitutional duty to protect lives and property in a most professional manner.