IPOB Stay At Home Turns Bloody In Nnewi, Records Total Compliance In 3 Cities

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By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka 
The sit at home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB may have achieved total compliance in Anambra State as most cities in the state became a ghost of itself.
 
Areas were total compliance was recorded include Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Nnewi while the capital city of Awka was alive with its usual hustle and bustle from about 10:00am.
 
However, the sit at home order turned bloody at Nnewi folĺowing the attack of two Catholic priests.
Information gathered has it that the priests were on their way to the morning mass when they were attacked and wounded at different points by alleged pro-Biafra groups who stormed the industrial community to ensure total compliance to the sit-at-home order.
According to a source, the two cars belonging to the priests were also vandalized. 
Confirming the report, the Secretary to the Bishop, Rev fr.Celestine Okonkwo  said his colleague in charge of St. Buses Parish was attacked and wounded by the agitators. 
He said he was attacked by the Pro Biafra agitators while on his way to the first Mass of Ascension for his parish.
It was further learnt that the pro-Biafra members also attacked a vehicle with registration number: CL 163 BEN, Toyota saloon car at Nnewi Rounabout, smashing the window and rear screens of the vehicle.
The source said that some of the occupants were seriously wounded in the process even as they abandoned their travelling bags inside the car while trying to escape.
 
Similar event took place at NITEL Junction where a patrol van with Reg No. AWK 750 BF belonging to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives was grounded and the occupants attacked.
Unconfirmed reports has it that four of the operatives were fatally wounded and two riffles snatched from them.
Some market women were said to have also been equally attacked and their monies stolen  in the early hours allegedly by the pro Biafra group who were milling around the city from wee hours to ensure full compliance.
The agitators who clinical in their approach were able to escape from those scenes before the arrival of  combined team of the police, civil defence, DSS  and army that was seen intermittently patrolling the town.
Apart from the early hours attacks, there was total compliance to the stay at home order as all markets, banks, schools and every office in Nnewi remained closed.    
As at the time of filling this report, two of the NDLEA staff members who were earlier attacked are said to have died.
 
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed on his part denied knowledge of the activities saying tgat the Sit At Home order by IPOB has not gained acceptance by the Public in Anambra State.
 
He said,  “People have opened for business activities and going about their legitimate businesses. 
 
“The combined Security Forces are patrolling all the nooks and crannies in the State in order to provide adequate security to Ndi Anambra and ensure that there is no breach of Public Peace in the State.”

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