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Panic in Onitsha as gunmen enforcing sit-at-home-order burn commercial buses

Some youths suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday morning accosted and burnt a commercial bus, tricycle, in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State on the claims  of enforcing a sit at home directive.

The youths wielding guns and other dangerous weapons also tried to disrupt economic activities in the commercial hub of Onitsha.

Recall that last weekend, a message was circulated on social media, stating that there will be a four-day sit at home exercise in the South East, beginning from Monday, May 8, to 11, but no reason was given for the order.

But a statement by the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful stated that the group had announced May 30 as a day for all Biafrans to sit at home in commemoration of Biafra day.

It was gathered the burning of vehicle had sent panic in Onitsha town, with a source saying that the enforcers were heading towards Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area, through the old road.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said the enforcers were confronted by police operatives, and they had long been dislodged.

“Police responded swiftly which made the criminals escape the scene. The hoodlums in an attempt to scare the residents from coming out to embark on their daily activities stopped and set on fire commercial vehicles and tricycles plying the road.

“The residents courageously resisted the assailants and the fire has been put off by the police operatives and some people in the area. Meanwhile calm has returned to the area and the situation is under control and monitored,” he stated.

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