IPOB denies killing the 13 police officers today in Rivers

IPOB denies killing the 13 police officers today in Rivers

Don’t blame IPOB again – Nnamdi Kanu spit fire

Gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint in the Rivers State, then drove to two police stations, killing officers and burning patrol cars, according to police report.

Police killed two of the attackers but are searching for those who escaped.

It is not clear who was behind the killings, but the region has seen a surge in separatist attacks on police.

A number of police officers and soldiers have been killed in the region in recent weeks, prompting a night-time curfew.

On Thursday, gunmen killed two police officers during an attack on another police station in nearby Anambra state.

Authorities blamed that attack on the banned separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob). The group campaigns for independence for the south-eastern region, where the ethnic Igbo people form the majority.

Nigeria is also grappling with Islamist militancy in the north-east and banditry in the north-west, where 700 children have been taken from schools in the past five months.

Jude Ogbonna

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