Two criminals who were purportedly implementing the sit-at-home order in the state were slain by Ebonyi Police Command operatives.
The separatist Indigenous People of Biafra created the sit-at-home movement in the South-East to protest the ongoing arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, their leader.
The hoodlums were said to have shot sporadically into the air within the Okposi area in the Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, while trying to enforce a sit-at-home order, on Monday, when operatives of the command engaged them in a gun duel.
The state’s police public relations officer, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, claimed in a statement on Tuesday that men from the command shot and killed one of the criminals during the ensuing shootout.
“On 10/07/2023, at about 1350hrs, some armed men, suspected to be IPOB/ESN members, went to Okposi in Ohaozara LGA and started shooting sporadically into the air.
“The hoodlums engaged the policemen in a gun duel, which resulted in one of them being neutralised while the others escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds,” the statement read.
The police reported finding a blue Highlander SUV that was “riddled with bullets,” along with a pump-action gun, charms, nine spent AK-47 rifle shells, five live cartridges, four handsets, and a Sumec Fireman generator.
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