The top hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has fingered members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its sister group, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) as responsible for series of early morning attacks on security formations in Imo State.
A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer on Monday, Mr. Frank Mba however maintained that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu has set up a high-powered investigative team on the issue.
This is coming just as Mba added that his boss, has ordered “immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo State to strengthen security in the State and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the State.”
On why the force is linking IPOB to the incidence, the police spokesman wrote, “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN).”
While lauding the gallantry of personnel of the force, the statement however added that “The armoury is thus intact! Similarly, the police suffered no human casualty, apart from a police Constable who sustained a minor bullet wound on his shoulder.”
Mba on behalf of the force stated that “One of the operational vehicles of the attackers has been recovered by the Police and is currently being subjected to forensic scrutiny and investigations.”