Police Gun Down Four Suspected IPOB Militants, Recover Undetonated Bombs
Operatives of the Nigerian Police have slain four hoodlums who were alleged to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement issued on Sunday, Micheal Abattam, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, said that the investigation was ongoing.
It was early Sunday morning when the hoodlums attempted to carry out an assault on the Omuma Police Station in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State that they were neutralized, according to the police chief.
An additional five undetonated devices were also discovered from the hoodlums, according to a police spokeswoman.
According to Abattam, security officers have gone in pursuit of other fleeing hoodlums who have incurred varying degrees of gunshot injuries as a result of the gunfire engagement.
“Sequel to the modified and invigorated strategies emplaced by the command under the watch of the indefatigable Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, to forestall all criminals activities within the state especially, attacks on a police station,” the statement read.
“On the 20th March 2022 at about 0300 hours, Hoodlums suspected to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network terrorist group came in large numbers with various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) to Omuma police station shooting sporadically but, were swiftly repelled by the ever gallant and combat-ready Imo Police Command’s tactical teams and operatives of the DSS who responded immediately, positioning themselves professionally and strategically.
“The Police Operatives engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel and in the process four of the bandits were neutralised on the spot while other scampered into the bush having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds. While there was no casualty on the side of the joint security operatives.
“On the spot, five undetonated different capacities of Improvised Explosives Devices were recovered from the neutralised bandits and charm. The Police Bomb Unit have taken custody of the Bombs for detonation.
“Meanwhile, Command’s Tactical Teams are conducting a vigorous and aggressive combing of the bush to arrest the fleeing hoodlums and to recover their arms/ammunition since they cannot go far because of the huge damage done to them.”