Soldiers Take Over Oyigbo LGA In Rivers As Crisis Escalates

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Soldiers Take Over Oyigbo LGA In Rivers As Crisis Escalates

Troops of the Nigerian Army and the policemen have taken over the Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State following fresh attacks in the area.

The State Police Command had alleged that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were responsible for killing two of its operatives and burning of two police station s in the area on Wednesday.

From Thursday night till Friday morning gunshot were heard in the area as soldiers repel the hoodlums.

The Chairman of Oyigbo LGA, Gerald Aforji, while reacting to the incident on Friday morning, said soldiers had intervened to restore calm in the area.

The crisis has slowly degenerated into an ethnic one widening the deep divide between northerners and their southern counterpart.

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The Rivers State Government had earlier imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state following incidences of violence in the state.

Governor Nyesom Wike said in a statewide broadcast that the move became necessary to avoid the escalation of the violence.

Prior to the announcement, hoodlums had reportedly attacked and burnt the Afam Divisional Police Office and Police Area Command in Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA).

As at the time of filing this report, it is not clear if normalcy has been restored in the area.

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