The Imo State Police Command on Friday stated scores of suspected Jap Safety Community, ESN, an armed group of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, have been killed in a bloody conflict on the ESN, camp at Akata in Oru East Native Authorities Space of Imo State.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri.
He stated the command’s tactical group was knowledgeable of the group’s assembly within the Oru East camp, to plan the way to perform assaults on Police stations.
The Police said on approaching the ESN camp, the boys opened fire on them and during the crossfire, oue of three Police officers who sustained gunshot accidents, misplaced his life. Nevertheless, the variety of the ESN members who died through the gun battle weren’t talked about by the Police.
Narrating the story of the Police encounter of the stated ESN boys, the Police stated: “Sequel to credible data by the command’s intelligence unit, revealing that some bandits suspected to be IPOB/ESN terror groups were seen mobilizing to attack police formations and authorities installations within the state from their camp positioned at Akata in Oru East LGA of Imo State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command instantly, dispatched the command’s Particular Forces and tactical groups led by the officer answerable for Operation Restore Peace, ACP EVANS E. SHEM to go and dislodged the bandits as a proactive measure to nip their deliberate assault within the bud.”
He continued: “On approaching the fear camp, the groups have been attacked by the fear teams. Save for the Armoured Personnel Carriers and complicated weapons utilized by the police the bandits have been overwhelmed they usually scampered for security into the bush. The top of the group and others have been neutralized through the assault.
“On looking the camp and the encompassing bushes, the next objects have been recovered particularly; Three (3) Improvised Explosives Gadgets (I.E.D), Two (2) Pump Motion Weapons, 9 (9) Cartridges, One (1) Regionally Made Pistol and One (1) Toyota Highlander SUV car with registration quantity IMO DFB 535 LC and have been taken to the station.”
“On their method again unknown to police groups that the bandits have bolstered and regrouped laying ambush utilizing palm tree logs to dam your entire exit paths within the bush. It was on the fourth blockade that the police groups got here underneath heavy assault whereas removing the fourth palm tree log utilized in blocking the exit path. The bandits threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosives Gadgets (I.E.Ds) on the police autos. Once more, the tactical groups efficiently dislodged the bandits the place a number of of them have been neutralized and others fled into the bush with bullets accidents. Sadly, one of many police Hilux autos was burnt because of the petrol bombs thrown at it.
“Additionally three cops sustained bullet accidents and have been rushed to the hospital. One in every of them died on the way in which whereas the other two are in steady situation present process therapy in a authorities hospital,” Police stated.