December 4, 2023

Report has it that some members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) 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.

Hussaini Rabiu, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, when contacted confirmed this to reporters in Owerri.

Hussaini, said that a reliable information by the Imo Command’s intelligence unit revealed that a group suspected to be IPOB/ESN members were seen mobilising to attack police formations and government installations from their camp located at Akata in Oru East LGA of Imo State.

Infoxclusive learnt that the Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu, immediately dispatched the command’s Special Forces and tactical teams led by the officer-in-charge of Operation Restore Peace, ACP Evans Shem, to dislodge the group as a proactive measure to nip their planned attack on the bud.

CSP Michael Abattam, who is the Police spokesman disclosed these in a statement, and also revealed that on approaching the camp, the police teams were attacked by the secessionist group.

Abattam further stated that the head of the IPOB/ESN group was killed and others were injured.

He listed the items recovered as three Improvised Explosives Devices (I.E.D), two Pump Action Guns, nine Cartridges, One Locally Made Pistol and One Toyota Highlander SUV vehicle with registration number IMO DFB 535 LC.

According to Abattam, on their way back unknown to police teams, the bandits reinforced and regrouped, using palm tree logs to block the entire exit paths in the bush.

The police spokesman added: “It was at the fourth blockade that the police teams 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 (I.E.Ds) at the police vehicles.”

Infoxclusive also learned that the police teams successfully dislodged the suspected IPOB/ESN group. Several of them were killed and others fled into the bush with bullets injuries.

He said: “Unfortunately, one of the police Hilux vehicle was burnt due to the petrol bombs thrown on it.”

During the attack, three police officers sustained bullet injuries and were rushed immediately to the hospital while one of them died on the way


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