By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Ansmbra State Police Command has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), of attacking an officer on duty and burning a police patrol vehicle.
This is coming on the heels of a statement earlier issued by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu had accused the police of attacking his lawyer, Bar Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s house in Oraifite killing three members of its group.
But the Command in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed said, “On the 2/12/2019 at about 11:30 am,there was a formal complaint against One Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor ‘m’ (a member of the proscribed IPOB) in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.
“Following the report, Police Patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Oraifite ACP Oliver Abbey mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect who declined Police invitation.
“Consequently, the Command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising of PMF, SARS and Special Anti Cult Units in conjunction with the Army/other Sister agencies who cordoned off the area in order to fish out the culprits,while Joint patrol are still ongoing in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
“However, as soon as Police arrived the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on the Police, set ablaze one Patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes.
“As a result of the attack, two Police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspected IPOB members while others were inflicted with machete cuts. The injured personnels were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.”
According to Mohammed, the injured personnels were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.
He said that some arrests were made even as he added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP John B.Abang who visited the scene has vowed to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice .