IPoB | Police denies alleged attack on residence of Abia Commissioner of Police

by on September 15, 2017
The Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr Leye Oyebade, has been transferred. He is now the Commissioner of Police, Railway Lagos.
Oyebade is succeeded by Mr Anthony Michael Ogbizi, who has since as­sumed duty.
While handing over to Ogbizi on Thursday at the Police Headquarters, Umuahia, Oyebade said that the command un­der his watch recorded tremendous success and wished his successor well.
It was not yet clear why the CP was transferred but sources say it might not be unconnected with the recent escape of some sus­pects from police detention at the headquarters.
The command had al­ready dismissed six person­nel as a result of the escape.
When journalists con­fronted him over the al­leged attack on his official residence by the members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Oyebade declined to comment on the issue.
The CP’s official home is close to the home of the IPOB leader, Nnam­di Kanu, in Afaraukwu Umuahia.
But a police source ex­plained that some mem­bers of IPOB had trooped to the CP’s house to protest the alleged killing of two of their members by soldiers along Bank Road, Umua­hia on Thursday morning.
According to the source, the irate crowd only came to register their grievances over the casualty they re­corded.
The source said that the situation was quickly brought under control as the angry IPOB members retreated after the CP had calmed them.
Corroborating the po­lice source, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful, dissoci­ated IPOB from any attack on the CP’s residence.
Powerful explained that it was the people who were pained by the kill­ing of the IPOB members by soldiers that went to the CP’s house which was around the area to protest the dastardly act.
He argued that if IPOB had wanted to attack the CP it would have long done so, asking rhetorically, “As a non-violent movement with what do we attack?”
Meanwhile, the new CP, Mr Ogbizi expressed con­cern over the tensed securi­ty situation in the state and warned residents to avoid any act capable of worsen­ing the situation.
He promised to ensure the security of lives and property of residents and solicited the cooperation of members of the public to enable him to succeed.

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