Youths in Oraifite in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State on Monday reportedly killed two policemen for alleged attack on the house of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
A source told our correspondent, “In retaliation for the attack on the lawyer’s house, the youths in the community killed two policemen and burnt them at the Nkwo Market area of Oraifite.
“The police may have gone to Ejiofor’s house in error thinking that the cult boys they were looking for were the ones who gathered in the IPOB lawyer’s house.
The police on reaching the lawyer’s house had an altercation with the IPOB members which led to the police opening fire on the IPOB members and in reaction, the angry youths of Oraifite mobilised and attacked the policemen and in the process, two policemen were killed and burnt.”
It was gathered that the situation hindered vehicular movement for hours as the roads were deserted for fear of a possible mass arrest.
The traditional ruler of Oraifite, Igwe Dan Udeorji, confirmed the incident but said he did not have the details of the matter, adding that he was somewhere when he received a text message about the incident
He said, “I think every problem can be settled through dialogue, instead of killing people. We must maintain peace at all time; killing and rioting will not lead anybody to anywhere. Government needs to re-educate the police and the Army. Killing citizens is not the way.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident, saying the command was on top of the situation.
He said, “We’re on it. When we are through with our report on the issue, we shall make it public and you will get what you want to hear on the matter. We are on top of it.”