A leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) members were killed in a clash with the police during a raid on their camp located at Akata in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday, August 27.
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Rabiu Hussaini, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, told reporters in Owerri that this was true.
He claimed that credible intelligence from the Imo Command’s intelligence unit revealed that a group suspected of being IPOB/ESN members was seen mobilising to attack police formations and government installations from their camp in Akata, Oru East LGA, Imo State.
According to reports, the Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu, immediately dispatched the command’s Special Forces and tactical teams, led by ACP Evans Shem, the officer-in-charge of Operation Restore Peace, to dislodge the group as a proactive measure to thwart their planned attack.
CSP Michael Abattam, a spokesman for the police, said the police teams were attacked by the secessionist group as they approached the camp, according to a statement.
According to Abattam, the IPOB/ESN group’s leader and others were killed in the ensuing battle.
Three improvised explosive devices (IEDs), two pump action guns, nine cartridges, one locally made pistol, and a Toyota Highlander SUV with registration number IMO DFB 535 LC were among the items recovered, according to him.
According to Abattam, the bandits reinforced and regrouped on their way back, obstructing all exit paths in the bush with palm tree logs.
“The police teams came under heavy attack while removing the fourth palm tree log used to block the exit path at the fourth blockade,” the police spokesman added.
“The bandits threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosives Devices (I.E.Ds) at the police vehicles.”
He claimed that the suspected IPOB/ESN group had been dislodged by police teams. Several of them were shot and killed, while others fled into the bush, wounded by bullets.
“Unfortunately, one of the police Hilux vehicle was burnt due to the petrol bombs thrown on it.” he said.
Three police officers were shot and taken to the hospital, but one died en route, according to Abattam.
According to him, the two other officers were in good health and were being treated in a government hospital.
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