Three shot dead as police, IPOB clash in Imo

Three persons were reportedly shot dead on Monday when policemen and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra clashed in Owerri , the Imo State capital .A police source told our correspondent on Tuesday that the IPOB members stormed the Okigwe Road and started destroying billboards of candidates of political parties.

A police detachment was deployed to rescue the situation , but the IPOB members allegedly attacked the operatives .

The source said , “ The IPOB members stormed the street and started destroying billboards of candidates of political parties. Policemen quickly rushed to the scene , but on sighting the policemen , the IPOB members attacked them .

“ In the ensuing battle , three members of the IPOB lost their lives, while two were rushed to the hospital . Four policemen were also shot and taken to the hospital . ”

Southern City News gathered that one AK- 47 riffle belonging to one of the policemen was allegedly snatched by members of the separatist group .

Another police source told our correspondent that the Commander of the Special Anti – Robbery Squad of the command , Victor Geoffery , later mobilised his men to the scene and arrested some of the IPOB members .

The source said , “ The Commander of the Special Anti – Robbery Squad mobilised his men to the scene and overpowered the IPOB members. As I speak to you , 20 of them are in our custody.

“ We recovered many Biafra insignia from the suspects as exhibits. We will charge them to the court after investigation . ”

The state Commissioner of Police , Dasuki Galadanchi , said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation .

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