An unspecified variety of the Eastern Security Network and Indigenous People of Biafra members, together with considered one of their leaders have been killed in a gun battle with the operatives of the Imo State Police Command.
The members of the safety wing of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) group, have been killed on Friday throughout a raid carried out on their camps in Imo State by police operatives at Akata group in Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
According to Daily Post, three law enforcement officials additionally sustained bullet accidents through the operation and have been rushed to the hospital for instant therapy.
SaharaReporters had earlier within the week reported that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, directed the police to be ruthless with the IPOB and ESN members, whereas designating them as terrorists.
According to the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini, who made the disclosure in Owerri on Friday, one of many officers died on the way in which to the medical facility whereas the opposite two are at present present process therapy in a authorities hospital.
The Commissioner revealed that the operation was sequel to credible info by the command’s intelligence unit which acknowledged that some bandits suspected to be IPOB teams have been seen mobilising to assault police formations and authorities installations within the space.
“On searching the camp and the surroundings bushes, the following items were recovered, namely; three Improvised Explosives Devices, two pump action guns, nine cartridges, one locally made pistol and one Toyota Highlander SUV vehicle with registration number IMO DFB 535 LC and were taken to the station.
“On their way back, unknown to police team, the bandits had reinforced and regrouped, laying ambush using palm tree logs to block the entire exit paths in the bush. It was at the fourth blockade that the police team came under heavy attack while removing the fourth palm tree log used in blocking the exit path. The bandits threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosives Devices at the police vehicles.
“Again, the tactical team successfully dislodged the terrorists where several of them were neutralised and others fled into the bush with bullets wounds. Unfortunately, one of the police Hilux vehicle was burnt due to the petrol bombs thrown on it by the ESN.”
According to the CP, the tactical groups are presently combing the bush for attainable restoration of extra arms and Improvised Explosives Devices.
The police commissioner vowed to maintain the operations and arrest all legal components concerned in violence within the state significantly, because the Command is embarking on a mop-up operations to arrest the remnants of the IPOB and ESN members terrorizing the state, a feat which has resulted in peace and tranquility within the state these days.