IPOB loyalist shot dead while allegedly forcing Ebonyi residents to observe sit-at-home order
A loyalist of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was shot dead by the police for allegedly forcing people to observe sit-at-home-order in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.
The State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah, said the hoodlum was killed in a gun battle with operatives on Monday, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The deceased was among hoodlums intimidating and forcing people to comply with the sit-at-home order issued by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB members were intercepting motorcycles, molesting, threatening and shooting into the air to scare people from engaging in their normal activities.
Odah added that the police had secured the area and embarked on a “show of force’’ to maintain law and order in the state.
“One of the hoodlums lost his life when they opened fire on our men”, the officer confirmed.
Kanu, in a broadcast, threatened that those who move about from May 29 to 31, may lose their lives.
IPOB had declared May 31 as Remembrance Day to honour those who died in the 30-month Nigerian civil war.