File image of pro-Biafra protesters in Rivers state

Police say they have restored normalcy in Rivers state after suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly burnt trucks belonging to Dangote Industries Ltd.

It was learned that the incident might be connected to the Sit-At-Home order declared by the pro-Biafra group in the southeast and parts of south-south regions of Nigeria.

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An eyewitness said the order was defied by some residents of Oyibo and as such members of the group carried out the act.

Spokesman for the police in the southeast state DSP Nnamdi Omoni said the incident took place in the early hours of Friday at the highly populated Oyibo town that shared border with Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

“Our personnel working on intelligence we gathered yesterday (Thursday) confronted them, IPOB members, and thereafter took over the place,” he told NAN.

“We have not been able to ascertain the extent of damage; but we do know that members of the proscribed IPOB were there this morning.

“We are still assessing the situation, and at the end of the day, we will come up with what really happened in terms of the damage.

“However, it is important to note that we have restored normalcy to the area (Oyibo).”

No suspect had been arrested at the time of this report.