Inside story: Genesis of the bloody IPOB-police, DSS clash in Enugu

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Emene Secondary School, scene of the bloody clash between IPOB and Nigerian security
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Emene Secondary School, scene of the bloody clash between IPOB and Nigerian security

By Abankula

Ahmed Abdulrahman, the Police Commissioner in Enugu state has given an official account of the bloody clash between security agents and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).

But it is not all the truth as IPOB offered a different version.

The clash at Emene Community Secondary School in Enugu on Sunday led to many deaths.

The police gave an official death toll of four. But IPOB claimed 20 of their members were killed.

Abdurahman said his command also arrested five IPOB members.

One of the arrested IPOB members, Ebube Agu told journalists that they were having a martial art training for self defence when they were attacked by the security agents.

Agu said that they were not armed as claimed by the police.

Abdulrahman, in his own account said trouble started when operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) went on a covert operation in Emene early Sunday morning.

But they were overwhelmed and two of their officials allegedly abducted by IPOB members.

Abdurahman said that the DSS operatives called in the police and the army for reinforcement.

He noted that the police were able to rescue one of the DSS officials in a building where he was held hostage. The DSS later claimed it lost two of its men.

”However, four persons lost their lives; two were hacked to death with machetes and one passerby set ablaze.

“Many of the IPOB members also escaped with bullet wound and police have started tracing them,” he said.

Abdurrahman urged health facilities to treat anyone with bullet wounds but should report such cases to the police.

In a statement, the DSS confirmed that said two of its men died during the clash.

The service said a comprehensive investigation had commenced into the incident, according to its

Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya.

“The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today (Sunday), attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra.

“The service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team.”

The secret police condoled with the families of the departed officers and also prayed for the repose of their souls.

On Sunday evening, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State appealed to people of the state to remain calm as normalcy has returned to the state after the clash.

Ugwuanyi made the appeal when he visited the Emene school, the scene of the clash on Sunday in Enugu.

But it appears that peace may be elusive in the state, as the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has issued an order, suspending all meetings in the state, but also asking members to kill many securitymen, in retaliation, for every IPOB member killed.

He stated: “This evening, Sunday 23rd August 2020, I am giving the order that wherever a Biafran is killed, I want 100 police and army officers that perpetrated the crime, to be killed. We are no longer going to allow that impunity to continue.

“They are going to bury their own soon and that is, if they will find their dead bodies. I will make sure that they will never find them. You see these Fulani idiots in our land, in eight weeks, we are not going to give them a dime. They think that we are going to keep quiet because we value life”.

“I am suspending all IPOB family meetings in Enugu and we are going to deal with this people. We own our land, you people (Fulanis) are visitors including the idiot who calls himself, a police commissioner.

“You came to our land to kill our people. The day we will come out armed, you will be crawling on the ground. Anywhere the police or the army kills a Biafran henceforth, we will retaliate”, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said.


  1. What a baseless and poor article. Useless country full of damned and wicked souls! People want to be free but the devils in power do not even want to give them a chance to decide on their future! What a cursed people!

  2. Buhari is BAD. Since the day, Buhari came to power, Nigeria nation has not known no peace. It’s always killing here, mayhem, carnage, brutality and injustices there.

    What a Failed President. What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

  3. This reporter is an idiot. Police has given a report and you are there saying IPOB gave a report. Is it those miscreants that will give a report and you go and publish. So, the machetes used to hack the people to death where brought by the DSS since the idiots claimed that they were unarmed.

    • Am not surprised that this is coming from a Yoruba man. We know you. As stupid as you maybe don’t forget that these same Fulani mad dogs have done more harm to your people than mine. If you think they love you just wait for your own Abuja cup of tea. Ask yourself why you set up AMOTEKUN. May the herdsmen visit your family today

  4. The coward is living and enjoying life in London with his family. From there directing his brainless and armless blind supporters to confront armed solders in Nigeria.

    • Hassan malu cow, if we are brainless what will you call your animalistic people? IPOB members can never be compared to your people who are more like animals. Are you not ashamed that your region is the breeding ground for terrorists. 4 most dangerous terrorists groups in the world are domiciled in your region that has completely been destroyed by terrorists. Can’t you see that other regions in Nigeria are no longer interested in being in the same country with you. We don’t want to be with you again na fight? Go. Go away from us. You are animals.

  5. No DSS or Police officials were abducted. We are familiar with the antics of the Fulani security officials in embarking on mass killings in the South especially in Igboland.They use it in the Niger Delta. They will claim that one of them is abducted or killed by the militants giving them the opportunity to kill innocent people. Northern terrorists are being rehabilitated and pampered while these animals from North on daily basis kill defenceless non violent IPOB people. These mad Fulani security officials know the camps of all the terrorists groups in the North but choose to ignore them. We are calling on the OHANEZE, AFENIFERE and PANDEF to wake up to this ugly development. The North are on a devilish mission to silence the southern and middlbelt regions . This should be the last killing by the North in Igboland. It’s about time we defended ourselves by overwhelming these Fulani killers that don’t value life.

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