Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State have been under curfew for over 9 days with strong military presence to according to the state government “prevent a breakdown of law and order” by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).
The town which shares boundary with Abia state, has a high population of Igbo’s who transact their daily business there.
Many residents of Oyigbo have fled with many more looking for opportunities to, without being detected by the security agencies on surveillance.
While the Army’s mounting presence is said to be aimed at recovering firearms allegedly carted away by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) when Police stations in the area were looted and razed in the violence that broke out two weeks ago(in some Nigerian cities) following the killing of protesters at Lekki toll gate, however residents have complained of harassment by the Nigerian Army.
Residents of the area say the Nigerian Army is arresting even the innocent youths of the area and in some instances shooting them without any provocation.
Spokesman of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major Charles Ekeocha, accused IPOB of being responsible for the loss of live of six soldiers and the disappearance of their rifles.
It is not known for how long the military siege on Oyigbo will last, however the residents hope the military will be more professional in its conduct and are pleading with the state governor to lift the curfew, to enable residents get access to medication and food.
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