The Nigerian Police has announced that two of its officers were on Monday killed by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Anambra State.
This is coming even as the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu accused the Nigerian security agents of trying to assassinate his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Kanu claimed that his lawyer’s home was invaded by security agents and two members of his group were killed in the process.
But, a release by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed stated that, “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.
“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.”
He said, “Consequently, the Command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising 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.”
He said some arrests had been made and the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang,fdc was on his way to the scene and has vowed to bring perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice.
Meanwhile, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB had earlier raised the alarm, saying that the home of his lawyer was invaded.
He had also stated that two members of his organization had been killed by the invading security men.
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