Police in Imo have killed some members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra who made an attempt on the life of the Chairman of the state’s Traditional Rulers Council, Eze (Dr) E. C Okeke.
The hoodlums riding in three Hilux vehicles fired sporadic gunshots in the direction of their target.
Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abatham, said following the intelligence received that the hoodlums were moving towards the palace, a joint team of the Command’s Tactical Team and the military immediately mobilised their men to the scene.
The PPRO’s statement read, “On their way, the hoodlums on sighting the combined team engaged them in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs. The gallant team responded, positioning themselves professionally. In the exchange of gun fire that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed due to the superior fire-power of the combined team and in the process, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries.
“The combined team did not relent in their effort, they chased the hoodlums recovering one pump action gun, three blood stained cutlasses and three Hilux Vehicles suspected to have been snatched from innocent citizens.
“However, calm has been restored in the area and the corpses of the neutralized bandits removed and deposited in the mortuary. On the side of the combined team, no life was lost apart from one of the police vehicles that got burnt due to the fire that ignited it from the petrol bomb.”
Since the arrest and detention of their leader, IPOB has stepped up its attacks on targets throughout the South-East states.