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IPOB: 175 soldiers, police, others killed in 72 attacks – Report

No fewer than 175 persons, including soldiers, police and civilians, have lost their lives in the South-East within the last six months due to the insecurity that has engulfed the troubled region, investigations by Sunday PUNCH revealed.

INTEL Region understands through punch that the killings took place in 72 attacks by hoodlums across the five states in the region, namely Anambra, Enugu,  Imo, Ebonyi and Abia.

Violence, killings and arson attacks had escalated in the region in recent times, with many accusing members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network of being behind the violence. The groups have however denied any involvement.

Apart from the killings, government facilities such as police stations and offices belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission were also attacked and some set ablaze.

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In Imo State, for example, one of our correspondents reported that 49 policemen and civilians were killed and not less than 11 vehicles burnt in 37 attacks.

In Anambra State, 76 security agents and civilians were killed within the period, while 15 buildings and 28 vehicles were set ablaze.

 In Enugu State, 23 persons were killed, four INEC offices and two police stations burnt

Ebonyi State, however, recorded 32 killings and three arson cases in five attacks while Abia State witnessed seven attacks.

In Imo State, among the several attacks, a law student at the Imo State University, Kingsley Chiwueze, was killed at Douglas Road on April 27 while a policeman was killed at the university’s back gate on May 19. Punch has said

On May 8, a female officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Chinenye Nwokeocha, was killed.

On Independence Day being October 1, a man was beheaded at Oru West and in separate attacks the following day, the palace of the traditional ruler of Obor and property belonging to a former leader of Orlu legislative council were set ablaze in Orlu local government area.

On October 4, a Department of State Services official, identified as Nwachinamere Ozuzu, was also killed on Owerri-Onitsha Expressway.

Three persons were also beheaded in Orlu on August 2; four oil workers killed on August 16; an Anglican priest killed on September 14; a Germany-based Nigerian, Oguchi Unachukwu, reportedly killed by security operatives at the toll gate of Imo Airport while a businessman, Noel Chigbu, was allegedly killed by soldiers in Owerri on May 30.

In Anambra State, top police sources confirmed to one of our correspondents that about 24 security agents, including police, navy, army, DSS and NSCDC, and about 52 civillians were killed within the period.


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