- Imo state police has reacted to the killing of at least two two traditional rulers in Njaba local government area of the southeast state
- According to the security operatives, IPOB and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) are responsbile for the death of the monarchs
- CSP Mike Abattam, the state police spokesman blamed the council for not informing them about the meeting in oreder to provide security
The proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been identifed as those responsible forthe killing of traditional rulers in Imo state.
Daily Trust reports that the claim was made by the police in Imo state, saying they were not about the meeting.
In a statement signed by CSP Mike Abattam, the police public relations officer also blamed the council for not notifing about the meeting so as to provide adequate security, P.M News added.
However, the claim by the police was countered by a witness who was present at the meeting and witnessed the attack.
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According to the source, the security agency was adequately informed and even sent some men of Operation Search and Flush to the venue of the meeting to provide security.
The source went on to explain that the deployed officers with their team leader left less than an hour into the meeting. The officers refused to stay following a summonby their commander.
The police in their statement had said they received information hoodlums suspected to be members of IPOB/ ESN members were attacking the venue where the traditional chairman meeting.
Anxiety as traditional rulers are shot dead during meeting in Imo
Recall that gunmen opened fire on traditional rulers during a meeting at Njaba local government area in Imo state.
At least five traditional rulers were feared to have died during the attack with several others wounded.
The royal fathers were having their meeting when the shooting occurred. The chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, was quoted to have said:
“I have heard that some people were shot in the meeting in Njaba but I am trying to get the details.”
Hope Uzodimma describes attack on traditional rulers as shocking
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma, has expressed shock over the killing of three traditional rulers in Imo state on Tuesday, October 10.
Speaking to journalists at Government House, Owerri in an interview monitored by Legit.ng on Tuesday night, October 19 after the attack, the governor said:
“The situation is very pathetic. The situation is condemnable. This is a new dimension to the banditry in the state where they have to now begin to attack traditional rulers gathered in a hall.”