An alleged faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Simon Ekpa declared a seven-day sit-at-home order, which is causing unrest in Ebonyi communities as hoodlums set a police van on fire in Ukwagba village and opened fire sporadically.
Reports indicate that the determined hoodlums, intent on enforcing the sit-at-home order in Ebonyi State, stormed the Ukwagba police checkpoint and instructed officers to leave, emphasizing that they were not their target. Subsequently, they set the police van ablaze.
Furthermore, the hoodlums approached the Ishieke police checkpoint and fired shots indiscriminately, causing police officers in the area to flee for their safety.
In another incident, the hoodlums arrived at Afiaohu market along the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway, where they allegedly fired shots into the air, creating panic among the people. Business owners in the market were reported to have abandoned their goods and fled.
Confirming the events, Prince Odono Okechukwu, the chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, urged stakeholders in the council to collaborate to address the prevailing insecurity. Speaking after a security meeting, he condemned the burning of the police van by the hoodlums at Ukwagba village. He pledged to employ all available means to apprehend the culprits and called on traditional rulers, town union presidents, and community vigilantes to establish effective cooperation to promote peace in their respective areas.
Reacting to the incidents, Jude Chikadibia Okpor, the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi, expressed dismay at the apprehension caused by the activities of hoodlums and unscrupulous elements in certain parts of the state. He assured the public that security agents were taking necessary measures to address the situation and advised citizens to continue their lawful activities.
When contacted for a response, SP. Onome Onovwakpoyeya, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ebonyi State Command, disclosed that officers had been deployed to strategic locations across the state to prevent any further disruption of law and order.