Two persons have been arrested in connection to an invasion of Hausa Market in Asaba by members suspected to be Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), that left four indigenes of Hausa death and several others with various degrees of wounds on Friday.
A leader of the Hausa community in Asaba, who pleaded for anonymity had told SaharaReporters that “At about 11 pm on Friday, over 20 armed members of IPOB invaded our mosque at cable point and threw an explosive into the mosque, but unfortunately it did not explode.”
“At this junction we raised alarm and they all moved straight to the Hausa market also called Abraka Market and four of my people were killed.”
Giving the names of the arrested suspects as Abraham Ndudi, 24 years old from Kwale, aegis of the state, and Okereke Ifeanyi, 21 years from Ogbaru in Anambra State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Aniamaka, in a statement said: “The suspects were arrested from their hiding place on the ceiling of a major hotel in Abraka, Asaba, where they had fled into in their dire bid to escape arrest and are already helping the police in their investigation, efforts are on top gear to arrest the third suspect, whose real name is yet unknown but simply identified as “Last Burial”.”
While promising that investigation has commenced on the incident with a view to finding out the motive behind the shooting and the possible involvement of other conspirators in the unwarranted shooting and wounding of innocent persons, the command, enjoined non-indigenes and indigenes alike to not panic or contemplate any reprisal action as the law will surely take its course.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, has fixed a meeting between the leadership of non-indigenes and other key actors in the state over the unfortunate incident by 4 pm today at the Police Officers Mess, Okwe, Asaba, the state capital.