Reactions As 34 Suspected IPOB Members Are Arrested Over Death Of Police Inspector
Nigerians on social media have begun to react after the Anambra State Police Command said it arrested 34 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in connection with the killing of a police Inspector in Nnewi.
The spokesman of the command, SP Haruna Mohammed, who made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday, said that some personnel and a Divisional Police Officer were also wounded while a police patrol van was set ablaze.
According to him, the anti-riot Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, EOD and Special Anti-Cult Unit Personnel and conventional police have been deployed to Nnewi and environs.
Haruna said that on November 23 at about 11: 55am, there was intelligence report that members of IPOB were gathering near the Teaching Hospital, Owerri Road, Nnewi with intent to cause a breach of public peace.
He said following the report, the police patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Nnewi, ACP Nnanna Ama, mobilized to the scene to disperse and prevent them from causing a breakdown of law and order.
The spokesman explained that as soon as the team arrived, the IPOB members descended on them, set ablaze one patrol vehicle and attacked them with machetes and stones.
“They marched towards the Agbaedo Market shouting ‘No Elections without referendum’.
“The injured personnel were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. The Inspector was certified dead by a medical doctor while the DPO and the ASP are presently receiving treatment,” he said.
He said that the police joint team have commenced search operations for the recovery of two AK47 rifles and one Beretta Pistol with ammunition snatched from the slain Police Inspector and police officers.
Haruna said that efforts are on to arrest other fleeing members of the group and bring them to justice.
However, the internet has begun to react to the development.
See tweets below:
This is the police man that @mobilepunch reported that was killed during police attack on unarmed IPOB, The police man just ran & hide himself inside gutter,Nigerian media should stop carrying #FakeNews @Amaka_Ekwo @NkirukaNistoran @EmekaGift @radiobiafralive. pic.twitter.com/NxPJ6z4aEo
— Nwokeji Nwagbalaoso (@BiafraGadi) November 24, 2018
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The news being spread about a police officer being killed by IPOB members is pure fake. The so called dead police officer is a drunkard, Those peddling the fake news against our peaceful men should desist from it.
All hail Biafra.. pic.twitter.com/Y3LlmIN8Rh
— Moses Agbo (@MosesAgbo8) November 24, 2018
Shame on you Nigeria media’s
Always sharing and publishing lies against IPOB#punchnewspaper published that this police officer was killed by IPOB member
So how come?
Is he a walking dead?
Biafra must be restored#iseeee pic.twitter.com/cIejnDKP9f
— daniel emenuga (@DanielEmenuga) November 24, 2018
NIGERIA: HOW IPOB KILLED A POLICEMAN &D SAME DEAD POLICEMAN STOOD UP &WALKED AWAY ~ Source ~ Nigerian Brown Envelope Gutter Media Journalist pic.twitter.com/wbhG761tuy
— Okorochristian Chido (@Okorochristia18) November 24, 2018