Suspected IPOB Militants Attack Traders, Set Vehicles Ablaze in Ebonyi [VIDEO]

Suspected IPOB Militants Attack Traders, Set Vehicles Ablaze in Ebonyi [VIDEO]

Suspected militants of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) caused mayhem in Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State, on Monday, attacking traders and setting vehicles ablaze at the popular Ezzamgbo Junction along the Abakiliki-Enugu highway in Ohaukwu Local Government Area.

The militants also burnt shops, motorbikes, and tricycles, as well as destroyed properties of some traders who opened for business.

The attack is believed to be in enforcement of the group’s sit-at-home order, which it had earlier issued in commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day.

A resident, Chukwuma Apama, who confirmed the incident, said that the hoodlums sparked tension in the area, Daily Trust reports.

Meanwhile, shops, filling stations and other business premises opened in Abakiliki, the city capital, including motorcycle operators and Keke.

IPOB had earlier threatened to deal decisively with anyone who violated its directive on the sit-at-home order on Monday.

The outlawed group had also warned schools and companies against celebrating Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary, saying the Nigerian flag must not be seen being flown in commemoration of the event.

The group has been agitating for the secession of the region from Nigeria and the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention by the Department of State Services (DSS).

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