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34 IPOB members arrested over policeman killing

34 IPOB members have been arrested in connection to the killing of a policeman, during a recent clash in Anambra State.

Spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed who confirmed the arrest of the 34 IPOB members, disclosed that some personnel and a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) were also wounded while a police patrol van was set ablaze.

According to the police spokesperson, on November 23 at about 11:55 am, 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 and anti-riot Police Mobile Force ( PMF ), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), EOD and Special Anti-Cult Unit Personnel and conventional police were deployed to Nnewi and environs.

Haruna State that as soon as the police patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Nnewi, Nnanna Ama 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; where the Inspector was certified dead by a medical doctor while the DPO and the ASP are presently receiving treatment,”he said.

NAN reported that the police spokesman who urged members of the public to go about their lawful businesses and also reminded them that IPOB remains a proscribed organisation and its’ activities illegal, further disclosed 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.

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