Abia violence: Suspected IPOB members burn police station, attack officer

Ariaria police station. [Photo credit: BellaNaija]
Ariaria police station. [Photo credit: BellaNaija]

Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday morning burnt a police station in Abia State and injured one officer, the police spokesperson for the state has told PREMIUM TIMES.

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.”

Mr. Ogbona said while the violence was underway, the police restrained itself, failing to respond in kind.

“If anything like that had taken place, it would have worsened the situation,” Mr. Ogbona told this newspaper.

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.”

He also confirmed attacks in which the Hausa community in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state, was targeted, but said normalcy had been restored, following police intervention.

He said, “When we got wind of this, my commissioner moved to Aba and the issue was addressed. All the Hausa people were assured of their safety and they returned to their businesses.”

However, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that about 2,000 Hausas, including women and children, are currently held up in a relatively safe place in Aba, afraid for their lives.

The deteriorating situation in Abia, the home state of secessionist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, followed a report that the police lost a sergeant in a clash with secessionists in Rivers State on Wednesday.

But IPOB lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told PREMIUM TIMES the group “is universally known for non-violent agitation.”

“Anybody indulging in violence is not an IPOB member,” Mr. Ejiofor said.

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.


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  • Mr Integrity

    This people are serious

    • dami

      Yes, serious with bottles, knives, sticks and stones.

  • Shahokaya

    When the youth in the north responded to Kanu’s threat by issuing a quiet notice El rufai called for their arrest, the emir of Katsina said he will rather be killed than to allow the Ibos to be attached, Atiku said the northern youth should be prosecuted. Now the northerners are being attacked in the east and both the Ibo leaders and the press have kept an undignified silence.

    • Maverick

      Shut up you Satan! Did they not go scot free after the ultimatum? The government used northern elders to calm the situation while PreslDIOT Buhari is using military to heat up the situation. I was in Aba on Tuesday when Buhari’s trigger-happy soldiers killed unarmed Igbos. You expect people to fold their arms and die in Buhari’s hands? So the police station is now owned by leprous Awusas?

      • Shahokaya

        If you think attacking and killing defenseless Hausa people is the answer I think you are the Satan. Violence is not the solution to your Biafraud demand.

        • Maverick

          “If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable”

      • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

        Could you please go back to Aba and have some python fun….
        i hope you are not in Lagos or Abuja rapping like a toddler.

        • Maverick

          I have never lived in Lagos and have never been to Abuja!

        • 0tile

          Traitor, liberate Oduduwa Republic first. Why do you Idióts celebrate whenever Buhari and his Fulani murderers commit massacres?

        • emmanuel

          You are jesting with danger. Trouble nor dey know face. We must restructure Nigeria now!

    • Sam

      They are useless as shiit.

      • 0tile

        Thank you for noticing that the unruly soldiers as useless as shit.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      The alleged atrocities being committed by some people in our army uniform can not be said to be in our national interest.
      They are unwittingly serving the interest of biafra miscreants. The undisciplined soldiers must be withdrawn and their commanders prosecuted for crime against humanity.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      But the youths were not arrested. So there is injustice here. I do not support the neo-Biafrans, but justice must be even.

  • Tony Z

    Someone should tell Kanu to put an end to this please, before it deteriorates further, please remain peaceful!!!!

    • Linus Ugwunna

      Rather, tell your President to stop his madness agaist the Igbos

      • Tony Z

        Yes, the president too.

    • 0tile

      Bouhari or Kanu? Don’t follow the Idióts.

      • Tony Z

        I’m saying the agitation should be peaceful please.

  • thusspokez

    Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Thursday morning, burnt a police station in Abia State and injured one officer

    Before this fresh incidence, we already know that the Abia State Commissioner of Police Mr Adeleye Oyebade is unfit for his post, and this new incident goes to enforce that conclusion.

    Now, where is Mr. Femi Falana who was earlier reported, quoting section whatis of the Constitution, about the Constitution conferring Nigeria Police Force exclusivity in protecting man and property. The Nigeria Police Force can’t do fúwk all — as my Portuguese friend would say, but pardon the language –, so what next Mr. Femi Falana?

    BREAKING GOOD NEWS!

    A newly-appointed Commissioner of Police of Abia State, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, took over from his predecessor today.

    Let’s hope that the new Police Chief breaks things but within the law.

  • Frank Bassey

    This is madness; sheer madness. Those behind this must be fished out and punished.

  • Sam

    That 419ner ,Conman called Nnamdi Kanu must be allowed to escape. He must pay for the pain he causing to peace loving ndigbo.

  • Sarah

    Kanu/Ipob/BSS are waging a war against Nigeria that mirrors Boko Haram. At their early stage Boko Haram too attacked Police Stations and stole guns & ammunition.
    Buhari has no ‘bloodless’ option out of the current situation. He could choose to DITHER or be SWIFT. Either way there will be loss of lives, but less so if he acts swiftly to impose order.

    • Jon

      How did Buhari what allegedly looted Petroleum Trust Fund become President?

      So, that uninformed Nigerians may know:
      Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq was tried, convicted and executed by hanging for murdering 122 Iraqi citizens in the Dujail Province of Iraq. Buhari has so far, massacred more than 122 Nigerian citizens and therefore, should face similar fate like Saddam Hussein.

      What’s your thought on that? A’int that justice?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Your brainless and poorly educated tyrant has upset the peace in Igbo land but we are smarter, all the extra-judicial murders of the last 4 days by your lazy and ill-trained army will be accounted for. A SECTIONAL TYRANT WHO PUSHED IN AMOURED TANKS INTO A PEACEFUL CIVILIAN POPULATION TO SHOW FORCE AND INTIMIDATE WILL EVENTUALLY BE DISGRACED, NIGERIA HAS LOST THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF CHRISTIAN IGBOS, THEY REFUSE TO BE OPPRESSED .

    • emmanuel

      Learn and fast, the presence of armed forces in countries where insurrection led to their downfall did not deter those who were oppressed.
      The case about the Igbos today is not about 2015 to 2019 mal-treatment, there is a demonic unwritten code that they would not lead Nigeria. What then do you want them to do, celebrate that? Then someone introduced something called hate speech to further suppress them?
      Grow up

  • Kekedu

    Slow and steady… replay of North East in Igboland. Well done Nnamdi.

    • 0tile

      Accursed be the breasts that gave Buhari_suck.

  • Timothy

    Ohaneze I guess you guys do not see this as being a place where you can speak, abi? You guys are quiet now untill it gets out of hand before you speak? I have totally lost respect for you all. All these good for nothing so-called elders of Igbo land.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      SHUT UP !!…..Your ill-trained Muslim soldiers are killing Christian Igbos who are unarmed extra-judicially and the public is showing anger. Buhari sent in armoured tanks into a peaceful civilian population to show force , well the people do not accept intimidation.

      • Timothy

        As usual you first shoot and ask questions later. Have you realised in that dull mind of yours that when the heat starts its the people of Abia that will surfer it more? Has it occured to you that even those that participated in the event at the head bridge in Onitsha till today are no more and are forgtten by both parties (army and IPOB). Why create unnecessary tension for nothing?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          As long as 1 Biafran is left on earth, the struggle for freedom from Fulani cheating must continue.

          • Timothy

            I will try my best to enlighten you of the dangers of this events we see today because you are my junior brother and if I dont do it, no one can. I hope some day you will help others to see the need to live in peace.

            The Biafra war happened majorly in the South East, Part of the North was still intact and untouched during and after the war. If you dont know pls do your research video and history can be found on youtube.

            This so-called agitation is between the military and IPOB but rather they chose to attack innocent hausa men in the town. When their brothers in the North are untouched. That is not wise. IPOB has gradually moved from a peaceful group to a violent group hence will be treated as such. You will not like it if Igbos are attacked in the North. So why start it? It has never been in our nature so why start it now? What changed

            Whether he is fighting a just cause or not violence begets violence. If he is peaceful he will get peace in return. The reason they released him was simply because he is an adult and has the right to say whatever he like and those who listen to are free to do so but no one is forcing anyone to do anything. He just opens his mouth like any mad man. But the wrong thing is the youths who have nothing to do will join him and shout without thinking. He doesnt care. Afterall if the heat starts he has no investment here, no job, no committment here so why should he care? Be wise my brother?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You pick and choose where to start your narrative and have decided to entirely address any of the underlying. Those who had issues with Hausa were probably aggrieved citizens who got angry at the way Hausa soldiers were killing unarmed people. People get angry wwhen they see soldiers shooting unarmed citizens and emotions will usually take over. The killers are to blame because IPOB are unarmed and do not deserve to be killed extra-judicially because they agitate for Biafra.

            Even if Kanu is killed and the present IPOB IS WIPED OUT IN THEIR TENS OF THOUSANDS, THE AGITATION WILL INTENSIFY. YOUR DICTATOR MUST UNDERSTAND THAT BULLETS DO NOT KILL AN IDEOLOGY, HE IS BRAINLESS.

          • oracle

            you guys a very funny .thinking all members of The Nigerian Army are huasa.the Bulk of soldiers for the Operation Python dance II are of South eastern extraction.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            YOU ARE AN IRREDEEMABLE LIAR !!

          • Timothy

            I challenge Kanu to lead IPOB to protest against corrupt Igbo governors if he declare that the governors are misusing the funds for it’s people I will drop all my jobs and house and join him. If he protest against an LG chairman about projects not done for all community in Igbo land I will be with him side by side. He lost my support when he made it a Buhari problem or about appointments or about presidency. From day one it’s all political and if u have anyone in service ask them what radicalisation is and how it’s used to cajole the youth against the govt. If he continues to make it Nigeria against the Igbo it affects all igbos everywhere.

            Your anger is the video circulating of the army hurting some youth. And the army as usual will show excessive force they are police, remember what happened to El Zak Zaki and where he is today. There was a massacre and till today those who were there are gone. Don’t let be dumb and lose talents or the peace we have. Army moved in to Rivers the story was the same, even in Benue it’s still the same. You use the military to show force not to dialogue it’s all govt strategy and result is always the some people will die or get hurt. Call it whatever u like all govt all over the world do it no exceptions just name one. Once there is a perceived aggression the govt use the military to quell or match aggression with aggression and the results is never favourable.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You may be intimidated by the crimes of humanity committed by the thugs in uniform, you may even be impressed by their general unprofessional ways and extra-judicial killings but that primitive approach will only make such actions a permanent feature of the political landscape of the country , Buhari has made the Igbo dislike Nigeria even more and he cannot force them to disown Biafra nor can he hold them hostage forever through the deployment of brutality and killings. JUST CHECK HISTORY VERY WELL, THE HUMAN FREEWILL HAS ALWAYS DEFEATED MILITARY FORCE OR WEAPONRY, EVEN THE COLD WAR WAS WON NOT ON THE BATTLE FIELD, YOU CANNOT HOLD POPULATIONS DOWN WITH BLOOD-BATHS, YOU CAN ONLY ALIENATE IT.

          • Timothy

            Nwanne, if you study black history very well you know the Oyibo came and took us ndi ogee as slaves to work in their estate. That is not a crime in humanity. Today blacks are seen as inferior in some white man countries its not regarded as crime against humanity. Let me ask you do you think Kanu will survive this long in China or Korea or even the US? He will be gone long before he even completes the word IPOB. The problem of this country is not a tribe or region but its people.

            Show me one person in this world who is exceptionally perfect and has no flaws has never offended anyone and was never offended. Show me one person. You talk of Buhari as if he came himself and ordered the action. Then what will you say of OBJ who levelled a community in Odi, Bayelsa? Or is it GEJ who ordered Ihiejirika to level a community in the name of looking for Boko Haram. Human Rights people watched it. They were all wrong decisions made. Dont provoke it to more bloodshed.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Buhari’s hatred of the Igbo has a long history even from his first stint as dictator, he was very biased against the Igbo, out of 20 member AFRC, ONLY 1 IGBO Ebitu Ukiwe was appointed, then you are aware of his 90%-5% dichotomy policy, the man is primitive and should not be found around the leadership of a democratic country. There are many self determination groups around the world but only in Nigeria are they killed extra-judicially by an untrained army.

          • oracle

            they would say you are an apologist.reason has long been lost in this equation

          • oracle

            pls enlighten us on how they cheat you

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            They imposed a fraudulent constitution which seeks to subjugate the rest of Nigeria . They used their erstwhile military dictators to take major projects up north, monopolize the military AND FEDERAL PARASTATALS , create a lopsided state and local government configuration, introduce a quota system which only applies to their advantage ,marginalize the SE IN ALL NATIONAL SCHEMES,IMPOSE FALSE POPULATION FIGURES WHICH THEY ADOPT FOR REVENUE ALLOCATION, INTRODUCED NOMADIC EDUCATION IN THE NORTH WITHOUT ANY CORRESPONDING SCHEME IN THE SOUTH, OUR CUT -OFF MARKS FOR ANY EXAM IS USUALLY HIGHER IN THE SOUTH, MADE SURE THAT NO SEA-PORT IS WORKING IN THE SS/SE,RENDERED THE SO CALLED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN THE SS USELESS AND DENIED THE se AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABANDONED ALL FEDERAL ROADS IN THE SE FOR MANY DECADES, STARVING THE SE OFF ANY FEDERAL INSTITUTION FOR DECADES, MARGINALIZES THE SS/SE ON APPOINTMENTS ETC

            WHERE DO I START ?tHE CHEATING MUST END WE WANT TO GO , IF YOU LIKE CALL US ALL TERRORISTS BECAUSE WE WANT TO LIVE IN A JUST SOCIETY, IT WILL NOT WORK,WE ILL ACTUALLY INTENSIFY OUR PEACEFUL STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM.

          • Timothy

            They join others and demand for restructuring. I am in support for restructuring. I was not before and a friend had to explain his own ideas to him and now am game for resructuring so as to correct this ills. Not Biafra, because its still the same governors, politicians and people will be in Biafra, so what has changed then? If you really want the world to take Biafra seriously, start by enlightening the people on the need to grow or develop Igbo land. Dont say it like it must be done now now. No. Say its going to take time, many years perhaps, but when we are done its will be a dream for all Nigerians to see. Things will not change in Biafra. The greed is still there, the evil is still there. Cheating will not stop or will 419 stop in Biafra, or kidnap, or armed robbery, or ritual killings. No now. None of you are addressing the basics, you are all talking about federal employment. And so what?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Bro, I and many other peaceful people have been shouting “restructure” for many years but the same Hausa-fulani will tell you that the status-quo of cheating is quite ok, these guys think that once they monopolize the army they can treat others like slaves .NOTHING STOPS IGBOS FROM OBTAINING KALASHNIKOVS AND START RUNNING AROUND THE FORESTS BUT WE DECIDED ON A PEACEFUL UNARMED STRUGGLE , WELL YOU HAVE SEEN THE RESULT, THE SAME BUHARI WHO IS NEGOTIATING WITH BOKO-HARAM AND PAYING THEM HUSH MONEY RUNNING INTO MLLIONS OF DOLLARS TO RENEW THEIR WEAPONS SUPPLY, THE SAME NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATED WITH OPC AND ARMED SS MILITANTS BUT BUHARI HAS CHOSEN TO KILL HUNDREDS OF OUR UNARMED YOUTH JUST FOR SEEKING SELF DETERMINATION IN AN UNARMED MANNER.

            MY FRIEND, THE NEXT GROUP OF IGBOS TO SEEK SELF DETERMINATION MAY NOT BE UNARMED AND MAY CHOOSE ASYMMETRICAL CONFLICT BECAUSE OF THE WAY NNAMDI HAS BEEN TREATED….THAT IS THE SENSELESSNESS OF THE BRAINLESS TYRANT , REMEMBER TO BLAME IT ON HIM SHOULD SUCH EVENT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    My heart goes out to the families of the youths gruesomely murdered by some criminals wearing our army uniform.
    Why I do not agree with IPOB and biafra miscreants, extrajudicial killing, is a crime against humanity. These murderers can not claim to be carrying out extrajudicial murder in our name.
    They are undisciplined misfits who don’t deserve to wear our Nigerian Army Uniform. That unit should be disbanded and their commanders prosecuted for mass murder.
    God bless Nigeria,

    • 0tile

      Buhari is a useless cannibal.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING HABIT OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY HAS INFLAMED THE PUBLIC ANGER AND VENGEANCE. BUHARI NEVER WISHED IGBOS WELL WHEN HE SENT TANKS AND ARMED SOLDIERS INTO PEACEFUL STREETS OF IGBO LAND WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO KILL.

  • Rommel

    Tomorrow, they will claim they are peaceful demonstrators

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Keep quiet, the whole Igbo land will resist extra-judicial murders by your untrained and blood thirsty Army whose penchant for extra-judicial killings of unarmed Igbos must end. THIS IS NO MORE ABOUT IPOB RATHER IGBOS ARE STANDING UP AGAINST STATE SPONSORED TERROR !!

      • Emeka

        From the way you reason are you sure you are Igbo?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Every one know you are a fake Lai blogger so you do not have credibility, you work for a liar.

        • 0tile

          Dullard, what is wrong in being Igbo. You are an imbecile.

      • Pat

        Remember you did not tel UN that you’re going to do this. I hope you will not be shouting UN when the consequence comes on you. Indeed, you are an Igbos enemy.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          This is a reaction to the extra-judicial killings of unarmed Igbo civilians, if you think people will keep quiet forever as your illiterate tyrant kills them then you are mistaken.

          • Smart

            BSS Biafra secret service are seen in many videos armed with guns, similarly ipobs in one video launched new fighter jets

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            comedian or illusionist…pick one.

    • 0tile

      Idiót, blame the victims, cow head.

  • donald,the russian stooge

    time to be trigger-happy and you run for cover …………… shame on you …………….

  • 0tile

    God forbid evil, Buhari is a useless illiterate. Why does he love violence this much?

    • Smart

      But pmb didn’t ask anybody to burn Nigeria down

  • emmanuel

    Buhari is seeing what he wants. Nigeria is for all, but when one man ascend the presidency and carry-on with agenda of evil progenitor at a time when the world has become a global village, as if other people are indolent?
    Trouble sometime is not planned and the way things are going, hope it does not lead to conflagration.
    Trouble is not good. Oppression must end.
    Buhari is a bull in China shop.
    Check the world since 1990 to date, the monsters who took their nations to the precipice where men pushed to the walls and unfortunately, those countries also had armed forces like Nigeria have today.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigeria security agencies must mobilize and swiftly deal decisively with Nnamdi Kanu,s led terrorists group and eliminate threat from that region once and for all.Enough is enough of Nnamdi Kanu,s threat.Nnamdi Kanu, has declared war on Nigeria, and the Nigerian army must deal with him and his terror gangsters.When Nnamdi Kanu, launches Biafra security agency last week everybody kept mute and Igbo elders failed to caution him but now that Nigerian army react to stones throwing terrorists from Nnamdi Knau,s family,s compound, they are coming out to criticize Nigerian army.Nnamdi Knau,s terrorist group killed one police officer, and the police should not react in kind.Enough is enough!If Nnamdi Kanu, declares war on Nigeria, Nigerian army must react in kind. Igbo lacks elders with wisdom and intelligence.