- The gunmen attacking policemen and stations in the southeast appear to have shifted their attention to the south-south region
- Within few hours, police stations and security checkpoints have been attacked in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states
- While seven policemen are feared killed in the Rivers attack, six officers are feared to have lost their lives in the Akwa Ibom attack
Gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have launched an attack on Odoro Ikpe police station in Ini local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
Also reporting the attack, The Cable noted that it is the second in one week in the southern state.
Legit.ng notes that the Akwa Ibom attack comes on the heel of a series of attacks on police stations and security checkpoints on Friday night, May 7, in Rivers state.
Seven policemen were feared killed in the Rivers state attack.
The development has sparked heated reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Idongesit Daniel commented on Facebook:
"No matter what will happens, Akwa ibom belongs to NIGERIA and NIGERIA must be one."
Ndu Bernard Nze said:
"Chai... This is not the best time to be a police officer in Nigeria. "
Advance Adetola Huncho said:
"They are also killing their own people"
Former IGP speaks on attacks on policemen
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, Ibrahim Idris Kpotun, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), said the attacks on policemen and police stations have worsened the security crisis in Nigeria.
The former IGP said there is a need to study the attack on policemen because it is very dangerous.
"It dampens the morale of serving police officers and it affects even their inputs. I think they need to tackle it urgently."
Governors meet with IGP
As the security crisis continues unabated, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state and his Kebbi counterpart, Abubakar Bagudu, recently met with the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, at the Force Headquarters.
Fayemi who also serves as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum made this known via a tweet on his official Twitter page on Thursday, April 29.
The Ekiti state governor on his part explained that they had talks on how the state governments can better collaborate with the Nigerian police to address the security challenges in the country.