…Police reacts to attack on officers by suspected IPOB members at Oraifite.
The Anambra state command of the Nigerian Police Force has reacted to the attack on its officers, by armed men suspected to be IPOB members, at Oraifite, Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra State Monday.
The attack which took place Monday, left two police officers dead and several others critically injured with machete cuts. The armed men also vandalized and set ablaze one patrol vehicle.
A Press statement by SP Haruna Mohammed P.P.R.O. Anambra State Police Command, and sighted by Fox Channel, has it that the state police command received a formal complaint against Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor; who is believed to be an IPOB member on allegations of abduction; assault and damage to property.
“On the 2/12/2019 at about 11:30 am, there was a formal complaint against One Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor ‘m’ (a member of the proscribed IPOB) in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property”.
“Following the report, Police Patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Oraifite ACP Oliver Abbey mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect who declined Police invitation.”
Haruna said “As soon as Police arrived the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on them, set ablaze one Patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes.”
“Two police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspects, while others were inflicted machete cuts. The injured officers were rushed to a Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.” he said.
“Consequently, the Command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters, comprising of, PMF; SARS and Special Anti Cult Units in conjunction with the Army/other Sister agencies that cordoned off the area in order to fish out the culprits. while Joint patrol are still ongoing in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order.” He said.
The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, CP John B. Abang, who was on his way to the scene of the attack at the time of filing this report, swore to bring perpetrators of the crime to justice.
“Some arrests were made and the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, fdc, has vowed to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice.” Haruna said.