- The police have denied reports of civil disturbances by IPOB members in Benue state
- Catherine Anene, a spokesperson for the Benue police command said no part of the state was invaded by IPOB
- The account by the police is contrary to the claims made by a local government official about alleged IPOB activities in parts of the state
Reports claiming that suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) invaded Ado local government area of Benue state have been dismissed by the police.
According to The Nation, a spokesperson for the Benue police command, Catherine Anene, on Wednesday, November 4, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that no IPOB flag was hoisted at Ado.
The police made the clarification after the chairman of Ado local government area alleged that a group hoisted the IPOB flag at Ekile in the council area on Sunday, November 1.
Oche also claimed the group invaded a market at Ekile and beat up revenue collectors.
The chairman said:
“They said the revenue from the market will be put into IPOB purse.
“When this happened, I sent policemen but they took advantage of the #EndSARS protest, beat up the officers, and almost took away their guns but they managed to escape with their lives intact."
However, the police disagreed with Oche’s claims, insisting that no IPOB flag was hoisted in Ado or any part of the state.
Meanwhile, Igbo leaders have disclosed that there are ongoing plans to hold a meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike to resolve the crisis in the Oyigbo area of Rivers state.
Chief Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo made the disclosure on Tuesday, November 3, The Sun reported.
He condemned the crisis in Oyigbo, which he said was inflamed by the proscribed IPOB.
In another news report, following the death of six soldiers and four policemen at Oyigbo area of Rivers state, troops have intensified siege on the local government.
The operatives who were murdered by suspected members of the IPOB also had their rifles taken away, according to the spokesman for the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Maj Charles Ekeocha.
The Nigerian Army insisted that it would continue its operation in the area until all stolen rifles are recovered.
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