Biafra sit at home: four drivers missing

Four truck drivers conveying goods from Onne and Port Harcourt
to the northern part of the country are reportedly missing after they
were attacked by bandits suspected to be members of the
outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) at Oyigbo in Oyigbo
Local Government Area of Rivers State.
15 trucks conveying different goods such as baking flowers,
fertilizers and Noddles beans were said to have been set ablaze.
The IPOB ordered a sit-at-home in commemoration of their 19th
anniversary. There was partial compliance with the order as shops,
markets and businesses belonging to Igbos in Oyigbo and Port
Harcourt were shut.
Some banks in Oyigbo and parts of Port Harcourt hurriedly shut
down for fear of being attacked by criminals.
The sit at home order which was supposed to be peaceful turned
violent when irate youths intercepted trucks conveying goods
outside Port Harcourt and others coming into Port Harcourt were
set ablaze.
The Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers ,
Notore/Indorama Trialer Park , Onne branch, Mahmud Lawal, said
two of his trucks were set ablaze by the bandits.
He said other trucks conveying goods such as rice , beans,
fertilizer and baking flower were also set ablaze by the bandits
while about N1.2m placed in some of the trucks were stolen. He
said four drivers abducted by the arsonists were missing as at
yesterday.
“We were informed that it was IPOB members that set our trucks
ablaze. Some of the trucks set ablaze were conveying goods
outside Port Harcourt, others were parked along Port Harcourt/
Aba express road by Oyigbo Timber junction while some other
ones are coming into Port Harcourt through Oyigbo,” he said.
One of the truck conductors, Almed Musa, said the bandits
swooped on them at about 3.00am and beat them thoroughly
before setting the trucks ablaze. He said some drivers were
abducted and their whereabouts were unknown.
The Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Mr Gerald Oforji
who confirmed the incident said he was informed that some
bandits were attacking residents of the area and threatened them
not open their shops and business centres.
He said that police and other law enforcement agents quickly
moved in to save the situation.
The Rivers State Police spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said
about 18 persons were arrested over the incident while about four
trucks were set ablaze.
He said those arrested are helping the police in their
investigations.

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