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THREE HOODLUMS KILLED WHILE TRYING TO ENFORCE SIT-AT-HOME IN SOUTH EAST

Three hoodlums were killed on Monday by security agents in Imo State, while trying to enforce the sit-at-home directive of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which the organization said it has suspended.

The hoodlums who came in two vehicles were said to be dispossessing the residents of their valuables at Umuonyewere, Umuowa in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area in Imo State when security agents arrived and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel at a filling station where they allegedly robbed a fuel attendant of his cash and phones.

The others fled into the bush and were chased into the bush by the security agents.

A Toyota Rav4 and one other vehicle, two locally-made pistols, five bullet shells, hard drugs, charms, two plate numbers, among other weapons, were recovered from them.

“They assaulted the pump attendants, snatched his phone and all the money he had on him.”

In Awo Omamma, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo, another set of hoodlums burnt The Nation newspaper’s distribution car after trying to extort N100,000 from the driver without success.

According to the driver, Lateef Akanbi: “They flagged me down but when I noticed that they were armed hoodlums, not the Police, I sped into the bush and hid.

“From a distance, I heard them saying: ‘Bring N100,000!’. I had no money with me, so, I did not come out. What I saw next was a cloud of smoke coming out from the vehicle. I then realised they had set it on fire.”

IPOB had ordered Igbos residing in the South East to stay home every Monday to protest the detention of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is on trial over treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The 06:00 am to 06:00 pm exercise was first observed on August 9th, with several deaths recorded and properties, especially commercial vehicles, destroyed.

The people had refused to come out on Mondays since the order was made despite the suspension of the sit-at-home based on an order from Kanu.

Many said they would rather lose their jobs or daily income than die.

Transporters also stayed away, leaving residents who came out stranded.

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