A violent activity spearheaded by supposed IPOB members took place in Delta state on Wednesday, 18th May 2022. This violent activity led to the killing of a Dangote truck driver and the being set ablaze by the Gunmen. This happened while the truck carrying cement from Okpella in Edo State was entering Asaba.
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During the briefing of reporters in Asaba on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Ari Ali confirmed the killing of a Dangote truck driver in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday.
He noted that the truck, which was carrying bags of cement from Okpella in Edo to Asaba was intercepted on the road and the driver was shot dead for violating the IPOB sit-at-home order.
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“Only the driver was killed, the others ran into the bush and found their way to the police station at Ugbolu,” Mr Ari said.
He also noted that the gunmen set two vehicles and a tricycle on fire.
IPOB had earlier issued a sit-at-home order to all the Southeast states and Delta State.
The Delta State police commissioner pointed out that Delta state is not part of the Southeast region, and the “evil directive” of the sit-at-home order could not be enforced in the state.
“We are not going to allow any hoodlum under the guise of IPOB or ESN to come to Delta,” the Commissioner noted.
He also said that police operatives have been out in the street on a show of force.
“On Monday and Tuesday, we were all out. Today (Wednesday) at about 6 am, I got information that somewhere on the outskirts of Asaba on the way to the Ugbolu community IPOB blocked the road.
“Before my men arrived there, they had deserted the place. My men went round the Ugbolu community in search of the hoodlums.” Mr. Ari said he would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that peace and security were guaranteed in the state.
He said residents in Delta were going about their businesses, in defiance of the IPOB directive.