Cop killed in Nigeria ethnic protests

THREE teenagers are among over 30 suspects Nigerian police have arrested for the alleged killing of an officer and injury of others during skirmishes southeast of the country. The officer was killed in the Anambra State during protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is demanding independence from Nigeria.

A police vehicle was allegedly burned and suspects carted away some rifles and pistols from police. IPOB is against the holding of elections early next year until a referendum on demands for autonomy is held. Police confirmed the arrest of suspects aged between 17 and 65 years following the latest protests.

“The 33 suspects arrested for the killing of the Police Inspector, inflicting injury on others and setting ablaze a police patrol vehicle are now in police custody and undergoing investigation,” said Jimoh Moshood, Nigeria police spokesman.He said some police personnel were currently under intensive care in the hospital following their injuries.

Moshood urged members of the public to go about their businesses without fear as adequate security had been put in place for their safety. ‘They are however enjoined to report any suspicion, unlawful assembly, and attempt or noticed disturbance of the peace in their locality to the police.”

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