Curfew In Jos, As Suspected IPOB Members Burn Police Station, Attack Officer
The Ariaria Police Station in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, was set ablaze by men, believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra on Thursday.
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,” Mr. Ogbona said. “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,” the spokesperson said, adding that “but glory be to God, we did not lose the officer’s life.”
The PPRO said the police didn’t respond in kind to the attack in order to avoid recording casualties.
“If anything like that had taken place, it would have worsened the situation,” he stated.
He, however, denied the report by 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.”
In a related development, the Nigerian Army, on Thursday, described as baseless reports that soldiers invaded Umuode, a community in Abia State.
Spokesman for the 82 Division, Enugu, Col. Sagir Umar, in a statement, attributed the reports to propagandists.
Umar said, “Let me firmly reiterate that there is no invasion of any community by the soldiers in Abia State and in the entire South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
“The rumour is baseless and mischievous and should therefore be disregarded.
“Mischief-makers, propagandists and supporters of violent secessionist agitation as well as any other person or group with criminal disposition are the ones wickedly peddling this rumour.”
There has been tension in Abia since the Army commenced its Operation Python Dance 2 on Sunday.
The violence there has continued despite the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Aba by the state government.