Authorities say members of the Indigenous People of Biafra – Ipob, proscribed as a terrorist organisation in 2017 by Nigeria’s federal government – targeted security operatives in Oyigbo as tensions spilled over following the #EndSars protests against police brutality in the country.
Ipob is seeking independence for Igbo-speaking parts of south-eastern Nigeria. A civil war in the area from 1967-70 caused the deaths of about a million people.
Oyigbo is a known Ipob stronghold.
Two police stations and a hospital in the area were burned on 21 October as widespread mayhem erupted after protesters against police brutality wereshot at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.