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Friday, 15 September 2017

Biafra: Four killed, police station burnt in Abia

The crisis which has trailed the ongoing military operation in Abia State and other South- East states (Operation Python Dance II) yesterday degenerated with a police station being razed and four persons feared dead in Umuhia and Aba.
In Aba, unidentified persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) attacked and burnt down the Police Station located at the Ariaria International Market, Aba. Two people died in Aba yesterday. Umuahia, Abia State capital, was engulfed with tension yesterday over the shooting of three people on Akanu Ibiam Road also known as Bank Road. The incident happened at about 9:30a.m.
An eye witness said the victims were shot close to the Diamond Bank near the Abia State Government House gate. The witness said two of the three people died instantly while the third was fatally injured. He said soldiers took the corpses and the injured away in their truck.

Even banks had to close for business. At the First Bank on Akanu Ibiam Road, customers were seen outside the bank premises. On inquiry, one of the bank security operatives said: “We have closed for the day.”Those who were shot were said to be wearing black which the army took to be uniform of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The incident sent panic to residents as shop owners quickly locked their shops. Most vehicles also had to park, leaving passengers stranded.
At the Afaraukwu, the home of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, panic stricken residents have locked their shops and residential gates. The area looked deserted. Also, there was shooting in Aba, the commercial centre of the state.
The razing of the police station in Aba followed rumours that many homes were burnt and people killed by soldiers in the early hours of yesterday, especially in the Umuode area, located at the outskirt of Aba. Armed with the rumour, angry residents marched to the station, attacked policemen on duty and burnt down sections of the police station.

New Telegraph confirmed that security has been beefed up at the Aba Area Command Headquarters and other Police Divisions in the city. Operation Python Dance II was officially slated to commence on September 15, but soldiers had occupied Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the South-East since September 10th, thus heightening tension.This triggered a stampede in the city as soldiers deployed to the area shot randomly on all sides, forcing markets and other businesses in the city to close down. But, Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, Emmanuel Emeruwa, debunked the rumours of ‘midnight attacks’ and challenged members of affected families to come forward and prove it. Also speaking on a local radio station, the Area Commander of Aba Area Command, ACP Ukachi Okpara, equally debunked the rumour.
The new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, condemned the razing of Ariaria Police Station in Aba and expressed his resolve to work hard to make Abia safe for all. Following a resurgence of crisis in Aba, some residents have remained indoors while others are leaving the city in fear. In areas around Uratta Junction, Ariaria Junction, Tonimas Junction and Flyover Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, some people were seen carrying loads and waiting for vehicles to leave town. Some northern youths gathered around Ariaria Junction carrying sticks and stones and so were some Igbo youths.
At Bakassi Bus Stop on the expressway, policemen threw tear-gas canisters at some youths who gathered at a nearby street. There were unsubstantiated reports of killings and shootings in different parts of the city which has helped in heightening tension. Dr. Uchenna Anyanwu, Medical Director, Holy Wounds Hospital, Faulks Road, Aba, said that two persons suspected to have been shot in Ariaria area were brought in dead to his hospital.

He wondered why the mob should vandalise his hospital when he was saving lives. At the city centre, shop owners closed their businesses, while commercial banks halted their operations.He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that a mob, who believed he was on the side of the police came to his hospital and destroyed his office because he accepted to treat some injured persons. Anyanwu said that two injured persons were being treated in his hospital.

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