- Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and their armed group the Eastern Security Network have been accused of setting fire to the Independent National Electoral Commission's office
- The allegation against the group was made by the Imo state police command on Sunday, December 4
- According to the police, the groups carried out the attack but were repelled by a strong force of security operatives deployed to the facility
The police in Imo state has said that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed organisation, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) are responsible for the attack on the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
Daily Trust reports that the spokesperson for the Imo state police command, Mike Abattam while speaking in Owerri on Sunday, December 4, said that the police officers who were on duty during the attack repelled the gunmen.
He alleged that the IPOB and ESN members threw Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) into the Oru West offices of INEC from outside the fence of the facility.
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“The police operatives who engaged the hoodlums professionally inflicted various degrees of injuries on them.
"Having suffered a huge defeat, the hoodlums retreated, escaping in their vehicle and were given a hot chase by the operatives."
Minor damages to INEC office
Speaking further, Abattam said that while trying to escape, the explosives carried by the suspected IPOB and ESN members fell on the floor of INEC's conference room causing minor damages.
He also noted that while no life was lost, the police are currently carrying out an investigation and making moves to arrest the perpetrators of the criminal act.
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