Two suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that allegedly killed four people on Friday at the popular Abraka market in Asaba have been arrested by the Delta Police Command.
The command’s spokesperson, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said that the police arrested the suspects in the early hours of Saturday.
The suspects are Mr. Abraham Ndudi from Kwale in Delta State and Mr. Okereke Ifeanyi from Ogbaru in Anambra State.
They are alleged to have been involved in the shooting and killing of four persons at the popular Abraka market in Asaba on Friday, Sept. 15th, 2017 at about 10:45pm, the spokesperson said.
He added that the command has intensified efforts to arrest the third suspect, known simply by his alias, “Last Burial”.
Aniamaka said the suspects, who are suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or secret cult, had at about 10:45 pm last Friday night fired indiscriminately into the market.
According to the police spokesperson, Abraka market in the state capital is predominantly inhabited by non-indigenes of the state and that the shooting left four persons dead.
“The Command wishes to assure the public that investigation has commenced on the incident with a view to finding out the motive behind the shooting and the possible involvement of other conspirators in the unwarranted attack.
“Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, CP. Zanna M. Ibrahim, enjoins the non-indigenes and indigenes alike not to panic or even contemplate any reprisal action as the law will surely take its course,” Aniamaka said.
He assured non indigenes of the state of the commitment of the police and sister security agencies to ensure their safety and that of indigenes at all times.
He said that the police would meet with the leadership of non-indigenes and other key actors in the state over the unfortunate incident on Saturday at the Police Officers Mess, Okwe, Asaba.
According to reports, the assailants also threw an explosive device into their Mosque at Cable point but a man reportedly picked up the bomb and threw it into the river before it could explode.
However, it was gathered that many armed soldiers and policemen came to rescue the residents and chased the suspected invaders away.
Reports say that the security agents took the injured persons to the hospital for treatment and deposited the corpses of the deceased at the mortuary.