There is growing tension in the South East zone of the country following clashes between the Nigerian Army and members of the indigenous people of biafra (IPOB).
The anxiety has also spread to the South South region where two persons were yesterday feared killed, with scores injured, when soldiers and IPOB members clashed in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State.
Curfew Imposed In Abia State
Meanwhile, Aba residents are advised to observe a curfew from 6pm to 6am from today 12/09/2017 to 14/09/2017.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mr. Enyinnaya Appolos, the governor acknowledged the tension in the state, noting that for the past few days, Abia had been the focus of security searchlight “occasioned by the reported skirmish between some groups in the state, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and men of the Nigerian Army.
He explained that, while the operation as declared by the Army is intended to check kidnapping, banditry, assassination, secessionist activities and other forms of criminal activities within the region, the confrontation between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB last Sunday could presumably be attributed to the commencement of Operation Python Dance II.
Soldiers, IPOB Members Clash In Rivers State
According to a source, two persons were feared killed, while scores were wounded, yesterday when soldiers and members of IPOB clashed in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State.
According to the same source, the travelling IPOB members responded to the call made by their second-in-command, Uche Mefor, who they claimed called in from London, ordering them to move down to the residence of Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia. The source stated that in reaction to Mefor’s call, IPOB members mobilized and started protesting, with some of them attacking people they suspected were opposed to the Biafra struggle.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said no soldier was deployed to Oyigbo to stop IPOB members from travelling to Umuahia.