No less than four suspected members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra was killed in Arochukwu, Abia State, on Thursday following the group’s sit-at-home order.

According to an army source, the IPOB members, armed with guns and cutlasses were harassing people and later attacked an army troop.

“So, the troop had to engage them and in the process, neutralized some of them”, the source said.

However, another source in Arochukwu said that some youths were following a large crowd of IPOB members when the army asked them to go back, but the youths ignored the order.

This, the source said led to an altercation between the youths and the troop who in that process shot at the youths, killing some of them.

This incident was further confirmed by the Abia State police command in a statement by the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Janet Agbede, that members of the group numbering about 50 had attacked the soldiers with guns and machetes and some of them were killed by soldiers on guard at First Bank Arochukwu.

“The soldiers made a counter-attack and three of the hoodlums were neutralized during the exchange of fire. The superior firing power of the soldiers made the hoodlums disperse. As of now, efforts have been intensified to track down the fleeing hoodlums,” the CP said.

The police boss, therefore, urged members of the public to report anyone seen with a bullet wound to the nearest police station or any law enforcement agency.