At least two police officers were allegedly killed on Monday as police clashed with some suspected members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at Oraifite, Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra state.
Blueprint learnt that the officers had gone to the house of Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to arrest him only to be reportedly confronted by angry youths suspected to be members of his client group.
But another source claimed that the officers on arrival allegedly first shot and killed three innocent people met at Ejiofor’s house and in retaliation, youths of the community set their Hilux bus ablaze and killed two police officers around Nkwo market, Oraifite.
Confirming the report, the Anambra state police command through its Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Muhammed, said the police had as at 11.30am received a formal complaint against Barr Ejiofor on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.
Haruna alleged that the report made the Police Patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Oraifite ACP Oliver Abbey to mobilise and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect who according to him, declined Police invitation.
“However, as soon as Police arrived the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on the Police, set ablaze one Patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes. As a result of the attack, two Police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspected IPOB members while others were inflicted with machete cuts.
“The injured personnels were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.
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 who 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.”