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JUST IN: Against Nnamdi Kanu’s order, IPOB enforces sit-at-home, attacks market, burns police vehicle in Enugu

Gunmen suspected to be some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have started enforcing a purported five-day sit-at-home order in Enugu burnt a police patrol vehicle at New Market area in Enugu state in the process.

According to reports, the hoodlums on Saturday, December 10, 2022, who were numbering over 10 had stormed the New Market area as early as 6 am probably to shut down the market but met some policemen on ground and hence attacked them.

They were reported to have engaged the policemen deployed to the market in a gun duel and eventually succeeded in setting ablaze their patrol vehicle.

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A police source who confirmed the attack, said that no life was lost, but he didn’t provide further details.

Some early morning traders told SaharaReporters that the shooting forced traders who had arrived in the market for their daily business to scamper for safety, leaving their goods behind.

An eyewitness, Mike Ezeh said, “I saw group of boys around 6am this morning shouting on traders coming to market to go home. They were shouting; don’t you know there’s sit-at-home? Why are you disobeying it?

“Shortly, I saw a police patrol vehicle coming and immediately, they engaged them in shootout. I left my goods ran to safety. After the shooting stopped I came out and saw they had set ablaze the police patrol vehicle in front of the Colliery hospital,” Ezeh said.

No casualty has been reported as at the time of this report just as the police are yet to make a statement on the incident.

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Efforts to speak with the state police public relations officer DSP Daniel Ndukwe were unsuccessful as he could not answer his calls.

The incident comes hours after the leader of IPOB, Nnmadi Kanu asked residents of South East and all “Biafrans” to ignore the purported five-day order being circulated in a viral video.

Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu disclosed this on Thursday, December 8, 2022, after visiting the IPOB Leader at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services, DSS, where he is currently detained, said that his brother told him that he never issued any such orders.

According to him, promoters of “such senseless and anti-people order are the real enemies of Biafra.”

“My brother said: ‘At no time did I order anybody or group to issue such sensitive orders.

” He directed all IPOB members to ignore anybody calling for a 5-day sit-at-home.

” My brother said that our people should know that that those who issue such orders are the real enemies of Biafra, and must be dealt with.
” He equally told me that Biafrans should know that he is in detention for their sake and not to compound their problems.”

The IPOB Leader, therefore, urged people in the Biafran region to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestations.

A viral video surfaced three days ago, showing a gun with a background voice ordering people in Biafra land to remain indoors from Friday December 9 to December 14.

The video which issued death threats to anyone that violates the five-day sit-at-home has been greeted with wide condemnation.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has renounced the masterminds of the video and urged Ndigbo to discountenance the evil video.

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