Alleged IPOB members attack Imo police station, kill four officers

Gunmen alleged to be members of the Japanese Safety Community, the arm wing of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday night killed 4 cops throughout an assault on Agwa divisional headquarters in Oguta native authorities space of Imo State.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, confirmed the incident in a press release issued by the command’s spokesman, Michael Abattam, on Saturday.

He stated the criminals attacked the station with explosive units and freed some detainees within the station.

Barde stated: “On 05/8/2022 at about 2300 hours, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Japanese Safety Community (ESN), attacked Agwa Police Station of their numbers.

“The hoodlums who got here in two automobiles and a tipper, capturing sporadically, used a tipper car in forcing the gate open to achieve entrance into the station, throwing Improvised Explosives Units (IEDS) and petrol bombs.

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“The police operatives of the division joined by the command’s tactical groups gave the hoodlums a stiff resistance, participating them in a gun duel.

“The hoodlums, who have been fatally hit with a variety of casualty on their aspect, retreated and escaped of their automobiles.

“The hearth from the explosives affected a non-public car parked within the premises of the station whereas some bikes have been additionally affected. Nonetheless, the primary constructing was not affected.

“Within the assault, two suspects in custody escaped, 4 cops gallantly paid the supreme worth, whereas one rifle is but to be recovered.”

Imo and different states within the South-East have recorded a number of assaults on police and different public amenities by criminals within the final 18 months.

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