Sit-at-home: Ebonyi records high level of compliance


Nigerian Police patrol team (file photo)

…as Unknown gunmen strike police station in Ebonyi

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital, has witnessed high level of compliance to the IPOB sit-at-home order as many schools, markets and banks remained closed.

In a visit to so many locations in the town such as Vanco junction, Waterworks, Gunning road, Abacha roundabout, CAS Campus etc were all closed while few shops within the street opened.

Also, few persons and cars, tricycles were seen on the road while civil servants did not go to work as many offices remained closed.

Team of security agencies comprising of Police, Army, Civil Defence and others were seen moving in convoy around the city to ensure that there was peace across the state.

Recall that Yesterday, Unknown Gunmen attacked and killed three police officers at Ezilo police station in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi while one of the operational vehicles was also burnt down.

Eyewitness, who wouldn’t want his name in print, said that the entire Ezilo Community started running helter skelter when they started hearing gunshots near the police station thinking that their neighbours had come to attack them but later discovered in the morning that it was Unknown Gunmen that attacked the station.

He further alleged that the incident that happened around 11:30pm on Monday night led to the killing of three police officers and also burnt one of their Hilux vehicles.

“In the night yesterday, around 11:30pm, we started hearing gunshots and people were afraid and started running helter skelter.

“We were thinking that our neighbours have come to attack us. People were running to different places to hide themselves, but later in the morning,we discovered it was attack on Ezilo police station.

“In the morning, around 8:00am, I saw that one of their Hilux vehicles was burnt into ashes. I did not see the bodies of those police officers but I heard that three police officers were killed.

“The entire village ran away; it was only few boys that summoned courage to ascertain what was happening.”

Also, Mr.Pius Edeh, a labourer in the Catholic church in the area,  that they incident occurred by 11:30pm.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi State, CP Garba Aliyu, while confirming the incident, said that he was yet to get the details of the incident.

“I am yet to get the details. I will let you know later in the day,” he said.


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