14 February 2019
A police station was burnt early this morning in Ajali, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. A witness said policemen were overpowered, beaten up and detainees in police cells were set free.
The pictures below show some of the damage done. A security source confirmed to Naijiant.com that the attack was carried out by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group seeking the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country.
IPOB continues to claim that theirs is a peaceful movement that wants a referendum on Biafran secession. However, the source said they are increasingly becoming aggressive and stole police guns before setting the station on fire. With the Nigerian presidential election scheduled on Saturday, IPOB have asked everyone in Igboland to abstain from voting until there is a referendum on Biafra.
Some sources have said IPOB supporters have been using intimidation to put people off voting. While others have speculated whether this police station attack was intended to provoke Nigerian security forces into action that could disrupt Saturday’s vote and force voters to stay at home.