No fewer than 10 suspected members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN) who infiltrated Delta State to drive home their stay at home order on Monday, were at the early hour of on Sunday gunned down during a breathtaking encounter with the police.
Source said about five AK-47 assault rifles loaded with magazines were recovered from the hoodlums who the police had since termed kidnappers.
According to sources, the men had operated Wednesday somewhere in Ugbolu on the outskirts of Asaba, killing a Dangote truck driver for not obeying their directive.
The Commissioner of Police Delta State Command, Muhammed Ari Ali, had warned the IPOB/ESN members to quickly vacate the state on the ground that Delta State was not part of the South-Eastern states where they can operate freely and go scotch free or meet their waterloo.
CP Ali had assured Deltans that the Police under his watch were capable and able to provide the needed security for their lives and property; advising them to go about their lawful businesses.
But Sunday’s encounter, it was learnt took place in the early hour of the day after the men ran into an ambush by the police and a fierce gun battle ensued during which 10 of them were neutralised and five arrested with insignia of their belief and agitation around Ugbolu IIah Community in Asaba Axis.
CP Ali who confirmed the incident told journalists that it was the beginning of ensuring that Deltans sleep with their two eyes closed, adding that a group or groups cannot order anyone for a sit at home when it’s not state or federal government’s authorities.
He said: “The police will do everything possible to arrest all criminal elements operating in Delta State and the police will dismantle all their hideouts. What has Just happened today is just the beginning of the battle to eradicate all forms of Criminal elements in the State. We are determined to ensure lasting solution for Criminal activities. ”
Recall that in the last few days, there has been palpable tension laced with fear of the unknown over the purported sit at home order handed down by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) to the people of Delta State
This threat, It was gathered, resulted in panic measure by parents whose children have resumed schools including business men and women in the State, especially the state capital Asaba where the tension of the threat was hightened for fear of the unknown, among others.
The State Government through Its Secretary ( SSG) Mr Patrick Ukah in a statement he signed warned that the Okowa led administration will do everything possible to arrest those behind the nefarious activities and threat handed down adding that the state government has put in place measures to protect its citizens including their property while they go about their business.
Since the purported threat, the Police have deployed hundreds of policemen to strategic areas especially flash points with a view to ensuring that those behind the threat are brought to book.