In an effort to implement the seven-day sit-at-home order that was announced by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Simon Ekpa, Ebonyi towns have continued to boil as hoodlums have set a police van on fire in Ukwagba village and have shot intermittently to terrify locals. This was done in an effort to enforce the order.
It was reported that thugs who are intent on enforcing the sit-at-home in Ebonyi State attacked the Ukwagba police checkpoint and ordered the officers to leave, claiming that they are not seeking for them. This information was collected after the incident took place. They, on the other hand, lit their police van on fire.
According to the accounts, the law enforcement personnel in the region were forced to flee for their lives as the criminals rushed the Ishieke police checkpoint and shot erratically there as well.
According to the Gist House, the thugs also attacked the Afiaohu market, which is situated along the Abakaliki/Enugu Express, and they allegedly shot into the air to frighten the customers there. It was stated that the owners of the businesses in the market had left, taking their merchandise with them.
Prince Odono Okechukwu, the chairman of the Ohaukwu Local Government Area, has confirmed the occurrence and has issued an appeal to the various stakeholders of the council to demonstrate cooperation so that he can overcome all of the insecurity that exists in the area.
Prince Odono, who addressed to newsmen shortly after a security meeting at the Council Headquarters located at 135 Izhiangbo, denounced in its entirety the arson attack on a police van that was carried out by youths in the Ukwagba village.
He made a solemn oath that he would use any and all resources at his disposal to track down and apprehend those responsible for the violence, and he issued an impassioned call to Traditional Rulers, Town Union Presidents, and community vigilantes to forge productive working relationships in order to advance peace in their respective communities.
Jude Chikadibia Okpor, who is the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi, provided a response in which he expressed his dismay over the concern that has arisen in certain areas of the state as a result of the alleged actions of hoodlums and other unscrupulous individuals.
According to what he had to say, “The government, therefore wishes to advise the general public to go about their lawful businesses as security agents are on top of the situation.”
SP. Onome Onovwakpoyeya, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi State Command, was approached for a comment, and she stated that the command has stationed police in numerous strategic places throughout the state to prevent any breakdown of laws and order from occurring.