Police operatives on Monday killed a suspected member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an armed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), during a failed attack on the palace of the Eze Imo, Emmanuel Okeke.
Okeke is also the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Several other suspected members of the group were injured in the incident which occurred at the Amaifeke community in Orlu local government area of the state.
The spokesman for the state police command, Micheal Abattam, disclosed this in a statement in Owerri.
The statement read: “Sequel to the recent attacks on the palaces of some traditional rulers in the state by some unknown gunmen, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini, deployed the command’s tactical teams to patrol every community in the state, while closely monitoring the palaces of traditional rulers.
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“Today, the 3rd of January, 2022 at about 0100hrs, the strategy paid off as the command’s tactical teams working in synergy with a vigilante group in the area were able to repel the attack/attempt to set the palace of Eze Imo; HRH Eze Dr. E. C. Okeke on fire by men suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB/ESN group at Ezioha Amaifeke in Orlu LGA of lmo State.
“The hoodlums, in their numbers, besieged the palace of the traditional ruler armed with assorted weapons but were subdued by the superior fire-power of the command’s tactical teams and in the process, one of the hoodlums was neutralised while others fled into the bush with bullet wounds.
“On searching the body of the neutralised bandit, several charms were seen tied around his waist. Other items also recovered include – one ID Card, one locally-made Improvised Explosive Device (IED), five bottles containing fuel, N20,000.00 cash, and one Pump Action Gun with four live cartridges.
“Meanwhile, the command’s tactical teams are present, combing the bush with a view of arresting the fleeing members of the gang and to recover more arms and other dangerous weapons.”
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