Tension as IPOB moves to enforce sit-at-home order in Asaba


6 suspected IPOB members killed in Imo- Police

Amnesty International has accused Nigerian security forces of using excessive force and killing at least 115 people during a “repressive campaign” earlier this year against separatist agitators in the country’s restive southeast.

Tension, Monday, ensued in some  parts of Asaba, Delta State capital  following an attempt to enforce the sit at home order by persons believed to be adherents of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The development led to the closure of Schools in Okwe, Bonsaac, Oko, Akwuebulu Oduke and Osadenis in the Asaba metropolis are considered the base of the secessionist elements.

For fear of the unknown, the popular Ogbogonogo Market did not open for business until about noon but owners were seen around but did not open for business.

A dependable source said some parents in the affected areas were called by teachers to come and pick up their children from school.

 Meanwhile ,  the Imo Police Command has confirmed the killing of six suspected members of the proscribed IPOB that attempted to attack a traditional ruler’s palace.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mike Abattam, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Owerri and made it available to newsmen on Monday.

Abattam said the bandits were intercepted and killed, while on their way to attack the palace of the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state.

The PPRO further stated that the operatives recovered a Toyota Hilux van and one pump action from the bandits.

“On May 16, at about 0800 hours at Orlu, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB and its affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN), were sighted in their numbers in three Hilux vehicles, shooting sporadically.

“They fiercely advanced towards the Palace of Imo  Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, Dr E. Okeke to unleash terror therein.

“Upon receiving the information, the command’s tactical team, joined by the military, immediately mobilised and rushed to the palace.

“The hoodlums on sighting the combined team engaged it in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs.