A number of Policemen and militants who swooped on a police station in Abia State have died, following a surprise attack which took place Tuesday.
The identity of those who launched the attack on the police station is not yet known.
But there were suspicions in some quarters that sympathizers of IPOB, a notorious group whose leaders are wanted by the national authorities may have been linked to the attack.
IPOB, declared a terrorist group by the Nigerian authorities, has been fighting for the actualization of a Biafran State.
Recall that a war to keep Nigeria one was fought between 1967 and 1970 under the administration of General Yakubu Gowon. But, before his death, the late Biafran warlord, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu warned that while the first struggle for a Biafran State was necessary, the second would be disastrous.
Nnamdi Kanu and his Biafran compatriots who are driving the Secessionist plan to dismember the nation appear to have largely ignored the warning by a former Nigerian soldier who led the rebellion which caused so much in human lives.
Many say the Igbo nation has not completely recovered from the impact of that bloody war which pitched Igbos against the rest of the country.
Eyewitnesses say the police station was set ablaze by the invaders while guns belonging to the force were reportedly carted away. They affirm that militants and policemen died in course of the attack.
The authorities in Abia have vowed to track down those behind the attack in which a number of undisclosed persons lost their lives.
In neighbouring Imo State, where a face-off is taking place, Governor Hope Uzodinma has affirmed that he was responsible for the military presence in Orlu.
Uzodinma who met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja Tuesday said there was no way what he described as “the local arrangement” on ground in the State could have staved off the menace posed by those orchestrating restiveness in the area.
“It was on my invitation that the Military came”, Uzodinnma revealed, saying no soldier or militant died as a result of the intervention.
He noted that those behind the disturbances have been apprehended, saying they would be charged to court soon.
Imo has been in the news lately as a result of what is turning into a fight between Senator Rochas Okorocha, immediate past Governor of Imo State and his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinnma. Okorocha is believed to have unsealed a premises seized by the Imo State Government, a move which has provoked reactions.
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