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ANARCHY IN ABIA: Police commissioner’s home, station attacked, IPOB members killed

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Tension in Abia State has continued to mount despite the curfew declared by the Abia State government as persons thought to be members of the Indigenous people of Biafra, on Thursday allegedly attacked the residence of the Abia Police Commissioner in Umuahia, the state capital.

The group allegedly burnt vehicles found in the compound of the police commissioner.

In another development, it was learnt that some hoodlums also attacked and burnt a police station in Ariaria Market.

The hoodlums were alleged to have also attempted to break three Automatic Tellers Machines (ATMs) located in different parts of the city.

There were also reports that a policeman lost his life as a result of the attack, as the situation caused panic in the area as people scampered to safety while heavy gunfire rent the air.

Soldiers and policemen are said to be patrolling the streets. The soldiers were alleged to have on Wednesday frog marched residents who would not raise their hands while passing through the military checkpoints.

The situation is said to have changed on Thursday as the soldiers at the Bata and Osisioma Ngwa junctions, following the directive of the state government and military authorities, were no longer harassing innocent residents.

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Abia State Police spokesman, DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the destruction of the Ariaria Police station by suspected hoodlums, said that the situation has been brought under control as security has been beefed up in the area.

Meanwhile, there are allegations on Thursday morning that soldiers opened fire on pro-Biafra agitators which left some of them dead.

This is coming just as the state governor on Thursday announced a one day extension of the curfew in the state following the tension caused by clashes between troops of the Nigerian Army and IPOB members.

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