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IPOB Gunmen Invade Imo School, Chase Away Students Writing WAEC

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday invaded the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, chase away students writing the West African Junior Certificate Examinations and set ablaze several motorcycles.

The students were to take English before the armed men forcibly dispersed them.

Teachers and students were reported to have run in all directions for dear lives as the gunmen rained bullets without end.

The assailants also set ablaze  some motorcycles belonging to some of the staff members and students.

Although no report of fatalities, a video of the incident revealed the students and staff members were screaming and fleeing.

Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abattam, could not be reached for comments.

IPOB had initially declared Monday as sit-at-home day to show solidarity with its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing charges bordering on treason and others before an Abuja High Court.

But the group later said the sit-at-home order should only be observed on days Kanu is to appear in court and not every Monday, as initially directed.

However, that has not stopped residents of the South-East from staying indoors every Monday since the initial directive, with business activities grounded on the first working day of the week.

This week, IPOB expects that the sit-at-home order will be observed on Tuesday to honour members of the group killed by the Nigerian Army in 2017



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