IPOB members enforcing sit-at-home in Ihiala shoot bank security
By Ifeizu Joe
Armed men, suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday shot a bank security operatives in Ihiala, Anambra State.
The men, according to the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga were in Ihiala to enforce a sit-at-home order, announced by IPOB.
Ikenga in a press release sent to journalists said: “The Outlawed group members armed with guns and other dangerous weapons came out in their numbers on a motorbike and started shooting sporadically.
“They were there to enforce sit at home order, and also attempted to rob a bank, to disrupt commercial activities and vehicular movement going on in Ihaila.
“They shot indiscriminately, and a stray bullet hit the chief security officer CSO of the bank on the leg and he has been taken to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. No life was lost.
“The joint operatives responded swiftly which made the armed men abandon their evil plan and took to their heels.”
Ikenga said the feat was achieved through the improved operational and strategic positioning of both human and viable assets of the command, as directed by the Commissioner of Police CP Echeng Echeng.
He said: “The joint security forces comprising of the Police and Military by 12:30 pm on 9/5/2023 dispersed illegal sit-at-home enforcers from the proscribed Indigenous group of Biafra IPOB and Eastern security Network ESN in Nkwo market, ihiala.
“Meanwhile, calm has returned in the area as Police with other security forces have intensified patrols, and improved security dominance and surveillance in the state.”