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Violence In Nigeria : Two DSS operatives, ’21’ IPOB members killed in violent clash

At least two operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) were killed, on Sunday, allegedly by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The secessionist group in a statement also said 21 of its members were killed by security operatives and 47 arrested.

The incident caused tension in the area for a greater part of the day as armed police officers and soldiers were deployed.

As a result, the area witnessed vehicular and human traffic as the police combed the area in search of IPOB members.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said its patrol team was “attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).”

“The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team,” Mr Afunanya said.

The agency condoled with families of the departed officers and also prayed for the repose of their souls.

He said the IPOB members were holding a peaceful meeting when armed SSS operatives stormed the area shooting sporadically.

“Today, the Nigerian security personnel stormed IPOB meeting ground in Enugu and started shooting sporadically which consumed lives of 21 members and 47 arrested for just no cause or provocation,” Mr Powerful said.

He alleged that the security operatives took the bodies of the slain IPOB members away.

“The security in the whole world must understand that keeping quiet and following the rule of law should not be construed as weakness on the part of IPOB.” He said the group is a peaceful organisation and will remain peaceful despite the provocations.

Premium Times could not independently verify the claims on casualty by the IPOB spokesman.

 

 

-Premium Times

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