Richard Ginika Izuora
The Police in Ebonyi on Monday said a suspected hoodlum who was enforcing a sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, has been killed.
Ebonyi Command spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah, said the hoodlum was killed in a gun battle with the Police.
She explained that hoodlums were intimidating and forcing people to comply with the “sit-at-home’’ order by IPOB; adding that the action was illegal and had to be stopped.
She said members of the proscribed IPOB were intercepting motorcycles, molesting, threatening and shooting sporadically 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.
“One of the hoodlums lost his life when they opened fire on our men. People were going about their legitimate businesses and activities in the area. But the hoodlums were distracting and forcing them to obey the IPOB `sit-at-home’ directive.
“They blocked some axis in the metropolis, collecting motorcycles and burning them,’’ Odah said.