Police accuse proscribed IPOB members of killing 2 officers

Police accuse proscribed IPOB members of killing 2 officers

- The Anambra state police command says two officers of the command were attacked and killed when they went to arrest a suspected IPOB member

- The command’s spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, discloses that the officers were responding to a formal complaint against one Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a member of the proscribed group

- Mohammed says while two police officers were killed by the IPOB members, several other officers received machete cuts

The police command in Anambra has confirmed the death of two police officers, allegedly attacked and shot by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at Oraifite in Ekwusigo council area of the state.

The command’s spokesman, Mr Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Monday, December 2, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Part of the statement read: "On the 2/12/2019 at about 11:30 am, there was a formal complaint against one Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a member of the proscribed IPOB in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.

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“Following the report, police patrol teams, led by the Area Commander, Oraifite, Mr Oliver Abbey, mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect, who declined police invitation.

“However, as soon as police arrived at 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.”

Mohammed stated that two police officers, whose identities were being withheld, were killed by the IPOB members, while others received machete cuts. He said that the injured operatives were taken to a hospital for medical attention.

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He said that the injured operatives were taken to a hospital for medical attention. “Consequently, the command deployed reinforcements from the state headquarters, comprising PMF, Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Special Anti-Cult Units, in conjunction with the army and other sister agencies.

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“The area has been cordoned off in order to fish out the culprits, while the joint patrol is still ongoing in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order,” Mohammed added.

He further noted that some arrests were made and that the Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, had visited the scene and vowed to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the recruitment of additional 400,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force.

This is to address the manpower shortage in the service. Odutayo Oluseyi, head of press and public relations unit of police affairs ministry, disclosed this in a statement.

According to him, the police affairs minister Mohammed Dingyadi has set up a 13-man ministerial project coordination committee to conduct the recruitment process, The Sun reports.

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