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TENSIONS RISE IN RIVERS AS IPOB KILLS SARS OFFICER, POLICE ARRESTS 22

Police in Rivers State have arrested up to 22 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) suspected to be linked to the killing of a police officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Unit SARS. 


The SARS officer was killed at Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State on the night of Wednesday, September 30. 


According to the Rivers State Police Spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni, armed men suspected to be IPOB members attacked the SARS office in Oyigbo and burned its patrol vehicles at about 9.30 pm.


It took the combined efforts of officers attached to technical units including Operation sting, Anti-Cultism and others to stop the attack, the Police said. 


The assailants ambushed the slain officer on his way to get dinner. He was whisked off to a bush path where he was murdered.


The Police have said investigations are still ongoing and some of the assailants would be identified from the arrested suspects. 


The incident has heightened tensions in Rivers State, especially the Oyigbo Local Government Area where the attack occurred. 


Sources say Police have been patrolling the State and barging into homes in search of suspects.


The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB is a proscribed group in Nigeria, led by Nnamdi Kanu. Its main goal is for the Igbo nation to secede from the country. 


Last month, the group clashed with security officials in Enugu leading to the death of two DSS officials.


READ MORE: DSS CONFIRMS UNPROVOKED ATTACK BY IPOB IN ENUGU, PROMISES JUSTICE FOR ITS MURDERED OFFICERS


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