A group of members of the Indigenous people of Biafra have been killed in a clash with the police during a raid in Imo state.
The clash was reported to jave happened during a police raid on the IPOB/ESN camp at Akata in Our East Local Government Area of Imo state, on August 27.
Confirming the situation, The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, said that the group were seen mobilizing to attack police formations and government installations from their camp.
It was learnt that the Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu, immediately dispatched the command’s Special Forces and tactical teams led by the officer-in-charge of Operation Restore Peace, ACP Evans Shem, to dislodge the group as a proactive measure to nip their planned attack on the bud.
The Police spokesman CSP Michael Abattam, who disclosed these in a statement, said on approaching the camp, the police teams were attacked by the secessionist group.
Abattam said in the battle that ensued, the head of the IPOB/ESN group and others were killed, and some items like like three improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D), two pump Action Guns, nine cartridges, one Locallyade pistol and one Toyota Highlander was recovered from them.
He also added that the injured IPOB members who escaped regrouped, and attacked the police on their way back, by blocking the road to the station with palm tree logs, and began throwing petrol bombs at them.
The police spokesman added:
“It was at the fourth blockade that the police teams came under heavy attack while removing the fourth palm tree log used in blocking the exit path.
“The bandits threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosives Devices (I.E.Ds) at the police vehicles.”
He said: “Unfortunately, one of the police Hilux vehicle was burnt due to the petrol bombs thrown on it.”
Abattam disclosed that three police officers sustained bullet injuries and were rushed to the hospital while one of them died on the way.
The two other officers, according to him, were in stable condition undergoing treatment in a government hospital.
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