Police confirm officer killed, 59 IPOB members arrested, to be prosecuted for murder, arson

IPOB members in a rally
IPOB members in a rally

At least one person, a police officer, has been confirmed dead after an attack by suspected members of the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB, in Abia State, the police have said.

The police also announced that at least 59 suspected members of the now outlawed group have been arrested by security officials.

The new police commissioner in Abia State, Anthony Ogbizi, who stated these, also said suspected members of IPOB, recently arrested, will be prosecuted for murder, arson and other related crimes.

Mr. Ogbizi disclosed this during a press briefing and parade of seven suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria police station in Aba.

He said following the proscription of IPOB by governors in the South-east and its declaration as a terrorist group by Nigerian Army, anybody found with Biafran materials would be arrested and prosecuted.

He said that they would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism Act to ensure they were properly dealt with.

Mr. Ogbizi, echoing what the army had earlier said, stressed that IPOB by their action had shown itself to be a “terrorist group” which must be dealt with as such.

He said that between September 10 and September 14, the Ariaria police station was attacked by suspected members of IPOB who destroyed everything at the station.

He said they came with petrol bombs which they used to gain entrance, destroy properties and took three pump action guns.

“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In fact as I am talking to you, one of the injured police officer is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life.

“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer”, he said.

Mr. Ogbizi said they also destroyed property of lawful citizens too adding that their demonstration was not peaceful.

He also alleged that the group attacked a nearby bank to get money to acquire more weapons.

The police boss said about 30 IPOB members were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.

He said that suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of Commissioner of Police and AIG Zone 9 in Umuahia.

Mr. Ogbizi said that the army recovered several exhibits including the coat of arms of Biafra from the suspects.

“As I am talking to you now information reaching me said they have started gathering at Nnamdi Kanu’s house”, he said.

Mr. Ogbizi called on the people to volunteer information on the whereabout of the Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

He denied the rumours circulating in the state that security agents have arrested Kanu’s father.

(NAN)


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  • tundemash

    So Kanu who claimed it’s Biafra or death has run underground just after a little firefight leaving his cl0wn followers to face terrorism charges at the court?

    • Sandra

      Thank God the EU amongst other international bodies have come out to condemn the federal government on the brutal attack on IPOB members and leadership under the pretentious disguise of a military exercise (Operation Python Dance) Nigerian military. The EU has said they will not sit and watch things go undemocratic in the largest economy of the West African region. This is just the beginning as the international reaction to the brutal and inhuman video of the Nigerian army against the invasion, terrorism, and killings of IPOB members, which has been going viral over the internet will trickling in. To early to celebrate as its not over till the fat lady sings…!!!

      • whereto

        You people believe anything. The EU is more sensible that empty statement you have attributed to her.
        Besides, the fat lady whose song you are hoping to hear will bring calamity to those you think you are protecting.
        What has happened to sensible people in the SE? Why have they allowed those who can’t think to run loose?

        • Sandra

          Google it you dipstick…!!!

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        EU should take them.

        • Julius

          lolz.

      • Apostel

        I don’t know what god you’re referring to. But when I read your lines, you’re one of his supporters.
        The EU will never support terrorists, as it has made quite clear. If this perverted terrorists crosses the European or US border or any other border, he or his followers will be immediately arrested as terrorists and extradited to Nigeria. The same goes for all his supporters who are currently abroad.

        • Sandra

          You really are daft..!!!

          • Apostel

            Then I’m still a normal daft.

          • Sandra

            Need I say more…???

          • Apostel

            Sandra, save your strength.

          • Jack Goodman

            Slapper!

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Have you heard of FARC, Alqaeda and ISIS? These are terrorist groups and the whole world labelled them that. until the US, UK, EU and UN call Ipob a terrorist group and they stop these same IPOB dim wits from protesting in their countries, we cant acknowledge the claims by the Barbaric arabic writing on their emblem/flags, civilian beating, women cloth stripping, democracy circumventing and murderous Nigerian Army

      • Julius

        I’ll make a bet with you that the EU won’t do shit for you than issuing press releases and asking both parties to chill while you are going thru hell in biafraud. Wanna bet ? I don’t know how old you are but I advice you to read the history of you losers with the International this,International that. You think they don’t know what kanu is doing ? Can any of them tolerate his crap in their country ? Hell No !!

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Julius do you remember the Iraq war? why we went to that war? and the truth behind the lies we were told to get the world to support that war? i do because i did 5 tours. you guys know nothing about how military and government operate. Nigerian government is just learning the blackops procedure called false flags. You guys should support justice and the rule of law. dont support injustice because one day it will happen to you or your kids.

          • Julius

            Yes I do remember the Iraq war and what Cheaney the VP and the FBI director including Gen Powell did leading to the war. They used Gen. Powell to sell the war because of his good reputations around the world. If you indeed fought in the war, I salute and thank you for your service but, Kanu is a different animal entirely. No man or woman should be allowed to be threatening and holding the country, any country hostage, period ! …No matter where they came from in the country. Now after all his ranting and raving, lying to his blind followers about his capability in dealing with the FGN, he ran away when they merely showed up on his street. Imagine that ! As a military man, you won’t allow a threat to your country.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            You forgot Alastair Campbell. Kanu’s agitation is dead and over finally. That i am very happy about. Now Business and safety has returned for Nigerians in any part of the country. But his agitation made Nigerians realise the problems with our constitution and certain other areas once referred to as a taboo.

          • Julius

            I completely agreed, we need to sit down and go over everything to find a better way forward. We need to !

      • PolyGon2013

        To hell with EU. This is our internal affair.

    • Victoria

      Kanu your time is up

      • Apostel

        yep

      • Osakue

        PMB brough almighty boko haram to their kneels ipob una be small matter.

    • Fernando Luis

      Yorubastard coward. Kanu did not run. Get that in stinking skull.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Anybody who tries to call you back to your senses is either an afonja or a yorubastard,no wonder wonder why you are being led by the most e diotik among you,pigs.

      • Julius

        oh, he flew away ? lolz

      • PolyGon2013

        No. He didn’t run. He went underground! What a brave guy he is.

    • Julius

      He heard the sound of the soldiers parking their jeeps and ran away !.. Haven’t read from one of his followers this morning…Mr. Tawanda, the biafraud commissioner for cowards .

      • A.A.Ngalos

        The first time I heard that nomenclature (Commissioner for cowards), very funny indeed

  • Fernando Luis

    No matter the cheap media alligation, chicken-hearted display on part on south East governors can stop the struggle for Biafra referendum. Kanu is using his smartness on incompetent bunch of fools headed by brain dead man of daura called buhari. We must say no to nepotism and tribalism in government appointment.

    • Apostel

      he run like a monkey to the bush. That motherfucker shit his pants!

      • Julius

        lmaooooooooooooo !!

  • Timothy

    The reason the Police always ask the for a Police Permit for any rally/protests, so as to provide protection for those protesting (against those who may not like their protests) and also for those who dont want to be part of the protest but may be intimidated by the protesters. Summary: If your agitation causes or violates another citizens freedom you will be treated as hostile. Dont expect the govt to clap for you. The use of army has always been to show force. Whereby the police may feel intimidated, the army steps in. In all cases the results are usually the same. There’s always maltreatment, excessive force, people may even die. The might of the army cannot be played down in such circumstances. If the army only understands command and obey or be disciplined or death, dont expect them to dialogue and dont provoke them either. Those who were in school or their shops doing business were not touched. Now they have taken their anger on innocent people, therefore they will answer for their actions. Period.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Upon the warnings from the voices of wisdom,these lost canons eventually doomed and have been destined to doom for ever. No wonder they say,a dog destined to fail will not heed the whistle of its master. And to the elders in the East,now it shows most of you are nineties, you sat by and allow your children to run against the law of the land due to your silence of conspiracy. A proverb in igbo says,if you see a snake with two heads and you refuse to kill it,then prepare to see another one with multiple heads. You have not seen much of the federal might, expect to see more. This is still the Python dance,monster dance will soon come. You invited this to your self. But your nonentities called children were busy shouting UN, EU, US, as though those have a right over sovereign nation. Now leave with you have caused,silently or loudly.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      “No wonder they say,a dog destined to fail will not heed the whistle of its master” Please explain to me what that pointless proverb means. Do you train dogs? i do. so please dont insult loyal intelligent animals that have more sense and intellect than most black people. Nigerians and their dim witted proverbs.

  • Julius

    Here we go !!

  • Tommy Soto

    Great to see the police and military making progress mopping up the seditious rat’s nest. Carry on Python Dancers!

  • Rommel

    So much for the claim of peaceful demonstrators

  • Alpha

    The new ComPol should spread the dragnet and fish out that imbecile asap. Would be a good move to send him to sambisa forest where his likes abound.

  • _Proudly IPOB

    Only 59 members arrested? And No Fulani Herdsman has been arrested for all the over 2,789 people they have killed and raped, not for the several villages they have burnt down in Jos, Benue and Southern Kaduna states. Haba Buhari, I hope you are aware that there is still space in the hottest parts of hell? Fulani herdsmen became the second most deadly killer group in the world, only second to ISIS and the Nigerian Military never declared it a terrorist orgaisation. How come a peaceful non violent people seeking a separate Nation now become terrorists? Maybe you think it is only Soldiers who know how to use weapons and dynamites. Look around the world and advice yourselves.
    Biafra’s time has come. No man born of a woman can proscribe or stop it.

    You can’t proscribe a Nation, an ethnicity ordained by God. Impossible! I am proudly IPOB. And if in your warped reasoning you say IPOB are terrorists, then I am proudly a terrorist.
    Proudly IPOB.

    • Jack Goodman

      Warped reasoning indeed but your supreme leader, Nnamdi Kanu has now been abandoned by his crayfish sellers supporters and now in hiding. He should have waited and be arrested so that his command to IPOB fools to burn Nigeria to the ground if he is ever arrested can be actualised. If I were you, I will commit suicide rather than stay alive and be churning out hate filled propaganda which has failed to make sensible Nigerians begin to fight each other. Igbo communities all over Nigeria have disavowed Nnamdi Kanu and his mad IPOB rag-tag army.

      • Osakue

        Yes O ! One NIGERIA! ONE LOVE!

  • Ezekiel

    All murderers must face the full wrath of the law.

    • Maverick

      Only when Igbos are the targets. Chameleon! What have you done about Fulani herdsmen’s lunacy? What have you even proposed?

      • Osakue

        You don’t kill an officer of the law it is forbidden.

        • M

          You don’t kill anyone, period. The security forces are not a special breed of Nigerian.

          • Musbau Hamzat

            If you attack a security officer of any country, its equivalent of attacking a such country.

        • Maverick

          IPOB had never been a first attacker. They only retaliated.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      indeed. Including the Murderous ill trained rag tag Nigerian soldiers and Fulani herdsmen?

      • Musbau Hamzat

        Fulani herdsmen that attached any community already tagged criminals. Only they are illiterate and most of the arrest are not publicize as pple interested in some topic that will fetch newspaper money that ordinary news.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Arrest of Fulani herdsmen who killed thousands, raped and destroyed properties of Nigerians is paper selling news same as Shekau’s capture. Fact is i have access to certain things in Nigeria and i have never seen any signals or communique between agencies of arrest of Fulani herdsmen responsible for even one of the killings.

  • thusspokez

    The police also announced that at least 59 suspected members of the now outlawed group have been arrested by security officials.

    There must be no rice and fried chicken for these terrorist suspects!

  • abutalib

    Come to think of it, where is the contribution of this confused&crazy tawanda? He seems to have fled with Kanu!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    If IPOD, was a peaceful and non-violence organisation, but IPOD, killed a police officer in uniform carrying out his official duties as a police-officer. IPOD, has been declared a terrorist organisation and proscribed organisation by the South-East states governors. IPOD,s fate has been nailed permanently and shall never ever be revived again.

    • PolyGon2013

      IPOB nailed its own coffin when it says elections cannot hold in Anambra and any part of SE. We have only one government and IPOB was trying to create a permanent government. Kanu hanged (or hung) himself.

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    lol. Intelligence propaganda. anyone with intelligence training or expertise knows who killed the police officer and caused the fracas. It what we used to do. flying False flags to justify covert incursions and black on black kill squads. long live SOCOM JSOC. i miss those days *tears*.

    • Musbau Hamzat

      I know that if that police officer killed is your father,uncle or brother, you will not be commenting like this.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        The Police is my Family. Police salary paid for all levels of my Education and made me the inventor i am today. I am more vexed about this than you. What am really angry about is the fact the story doesnt add up and why Nigerians keep voting retired barbaric and illiterate tribal bigot Nigerian Army generals as president. These Nigerian Army destroyed Nigeria and Destroyed our once effective police force. Today the army is doing police job because of this buhari that is responsible for destroying the Nigeria police force. ask any police man who seized all their equipments and made military personnel flog and torture police officers. Compare civilised country police and their power of their military to that of Nigeria. The Police could have handled Ipob and none of this argumentative unexplained killings wouldnt have happened.

        • Oladele

          You must be a young man not to know IBB did all you alleged was done to police. Anyway, are you related to those arsonist and murderers? If not why are so concerned about their prosecution? If yes, why not secure the services of a good lawyer for them. IPOB is bad for Ndigbo, they are like cancer and we are trying to cut them off, will you join us? We want peace and quiet so our friends, family, brothers and sisters in the SE can go about their business peacefully.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            Nope it wasn’t IBB. IBB used part of the seized police APC’s given by the British to the NPF to overthrow buhari after Buhari seized them with the claim the police could plot a coup with them. How ironic he gave IBB the equipments he used in toppling him. i knew because i was of age with enough intelligence then to know a coup had happened and years later we played war games as teenagers inside over 5000 abandoned and rusting APC their keys where seized at police college ikeja. Now back to that Kanu Rat. He wants to destroy things for the IGBO’s with his call for violence and hate speeches. I will never support him in life or death threatening people, women and children. i would also not support the Nigerian Government decision to escalate and provoke the group with covert antics because they control the media, have in possession and access to deadlier modern military weapons. I just want all the animals and children to be safe. They are innocent. we should not support anything that would lead to the death of children because of material things, tribal differences and greed. let us think of the young and the future consequences of our rash actions. children are innocent of any wrong doing.

  • PolyGon2013

    SE governors knew what was coming. If they had not proscribed IPOB, a state of emergency would have been declared in SE. It was a smart move on their part. Now, they can negotiate for their demand legally by channeling their grievances through NASS.

  • PolyGon2013

    Then he for say, Biafra or underground!

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    Thats not correlated to what i said in anyway.

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    i studied Robotics, AI and embedded systems. i build technology. recently i built the solution approved by the Federal government that is poised to end cattle rustling, farmers herdsmen clashes and community clashes in Nigeria, Theres also my Bio-degradable pesticide that will wipe out mosquitoes from egg stages to larvae i,ii,iii,iv, pupae and adult and end malaria which i am launching fully in Nigeria next year, there are more inventions i have made and making money from it. what have you done for the advancement or sustainability of humanity? besides coming online and insulting people or supporting human rights violation and injustice. Enjoy your black skin because i dont care. Black people are cursed. accept the truth. look at all black nations over the world. which one is advanced or successful? south Africa isnt a black nation dont mix that up.

  • A.A.Ngalos

    Even in Aba

  • wilsongaga

    Please the police should look for kanu and arrest his along as sponsor/ accomplice of the murderers/terrorist,He should not be allowed to escape as i know that more of them will be caught in no distant time, the jobless kanu just brainwash and recruit criminals all over the south-east in the name of ipob, They should face the music.