Police finger IPOB in death of two officers, one other in Imo

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Police finger IPOB in death of two officers, one other in Imo
Police finger IPOB in death of two officers, one other in Imo

Africa-Press – Nigeria. The Imo State Police Command has accused the Eastern Security Network, ESN, a wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, of being responsible for the killing of two police officers and a civilian on Tuesday morning at Akabo in Ikeduru Council Area of Imo state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Henry Okoye, made this disclosure in a statement to newsmen in Owerri while reacting to the killings.

Okoye said the command had deployed a Special Tactical Squad and equipped them with the available operational resources to apprehend the killers.

“The Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma has deployed the Command’s Special Tactical Squad and equipped them with the available operational resources and intelligence to go all out in synergy with other security agencies and clamp down on the hoodlums responsible for the unprovoked and unwarranted attack and killing of Police Mobile operatives conducting stop-and-search at Akabo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State.

“The tragic incident was perpetrated In the early hours of 11/06/2024 by hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN) who attacked the operatives in their numbers firing sporadically. The operatives fought gallantly but unfortunately, two personnel and a civilian were fatally hit.

“In the wake of the tragic incident, the Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma alongside the DC Operations led Police Operatives to the scene of the crime for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident. Intense operation is ongoing in the area for possible apprehension and prosecution of the fleeing hoodlums responsible for the senseless act of violence.

“Moreover, the Commissioner of Police has set up a high-powered investigation team and tasked them to carry out a comprehensive investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the attack. Meanwhile, the lifeless bodies of the affected officers and a civilian have been recovered and deposited in a mortuary for preservation.

“The ugly incident serves as a stark and painful reminder of the daily risk and sacrifices Police officers embrace in their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and properties of the good people of Imo State,” the police said.

Sympathizing with the affected families on the death of their loved ones, the Commissioner of Police assured them that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring that the culprits are brought to book.

He called on all and sundry who may have any useful information that would assist in the ongoing investigation to bring the culprit to book to kindly report at the nearest Police Station.

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