Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday allegedly killed a police sergeant at Oyigbo Junction in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Zaki Ahmed, the state commissioner of police, who confirmed the killing, said the irate youth also injured two other policemen and burnt down their patrol vehicle.
The attack came amid reports that members of the group were killed during a clash between them and soldiers in Abia state.
Ahmed said it is the second attack on the police in Rivers by the group.
“The command was awaken with yet another attack incident today (yesterday) at about 12:10 am, when some members of IPOB regrouped and launched a surprise attack at mobile policemen stationed at Oyigbo Junction, killing a police sergeant identified as Steven Daniel, attached to Mopol 19, injuring two others and burning down their patrol vehicle,” he said in a statement.
“Also, one sterling SMG rifle belonging to the deceased officer was taken away by the attackers.
“They were, however, repelled by the police, about nine of them were arrested, bringing the total number of suspects arrested to 32.
“They are helping us in the investigation and will be due in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
“The situation has since been brought under control. People are now going about their lawful businesses. I can assure you that justice will be done in the circumstance. All those connected to this senseless carnage will be brought to justice.
“We shall spare no efforts in dealing with any criminal element in the state.”