The police command in Enugu State has confirmed that four persons died after the clash between Nigeria security agencies and members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Abdurahman also said it arrested five IPOB members involved in the clash.
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State while visiting the Emene scene on Sunday, appealed to people of the state to remain calm as normalcy has returned.
Ugwuanyi urged residents of the area to go about their normal business as peace has returned.
The security agencies and IPOB members clashed at Emene Community Secondary School in Enugu on Sunday after some DSS operatives stormed an IPOB meeting at Community Secondary School, Emene and attempted to disperse the group.
Their actions were resisted and the encounter turned bloody. This made them call for Police and Army backup.
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CP Ahmed Abdurahman told newsmen that trouble started when the Department of State Security (DSS) went on a covert operation in Emene early Sunday morning but they were overwhelmed and two of their officials allegedly abducted by IPOB members.
Abdurahman said that DSS called in police and army backup for rescue.
He noted that the police was able to rescue one of the DSS officials in a building where he was held hostage.
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”However, four persons lost their lives; two were hacked to death with machetes and one passerby set ablaze.
“Many of the IPOB members also escaped with bullet wound and police have started tracing them,” he said.
Abdurrahman urged health facilities to treat anyone with bullet wounds but should report such cases to the police.
One of the arrested IPOB members, Ebube Agu told journalists that they were having a martial art training for self defense when they were accosted.
Agu said that they were not armed as claimed by the police.