ABUJA, Nigeria — Suspected separatists on Monday killed a neighborhood chief and two of his aides in Nigeria’s southeast, police mentioned Tuesday, the most recent incident in renewed assaults blamed on separatists within the area.
The attackers, recognized as members of the main pro-Biafra group often known as the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, or IPOB, shot lifeless Ignatius Asor in his palace within the Oguta council space of Imo State, mentioned Michael Abattam, spokesperson for police in Imo.
The police mentioned the gunmen arrived on the native palace in Imo’s Obudi Agwa village, the place they have been obtained by the chief after disguising themselves as “individuals in misery” and who had come to report an emergency scenario to him.”
“The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace, sat down with them and within the means of explaining the rationale for his or her go to, they introduced out weapons, shot and killed the (chief) and two of his aides, and hurriedly fled the palace,” mentioned Abattam.
Emma Highly effective, a spokesperson for IPOB, denied the group’s involvement within the assault, accusing the police and authorities of attempting to “implicate us in each criminality occurring in our territory.”
There have been a sequence of assaults blamed on IPOB and its militant arm in latest months. The outlawed separatist group has been urgent for the area to interrupt away from the West African nation and grow to be impartial.
Authorities say the group is accountable for the deaths of lots of within the area and plenty of of these focused within the violent assaults are safety forces or their informants in addition to native leaders who’ve spoken towards the group’s separatist agitation.
Africa’s most populous nation already faces the lethal menace of Boko Haram extremists and different armed teams within the nation’s northeast and northwest areas.