On Friday, the Imo State Police Command’s Tactical Team prevented gunmen who were allegedly part of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from setting fire to the IEC’s office in the state’s Orlu Local Government Area.
Michael Abattam, a police public relations officer, revealed this in a statement that was made available to gospelcable.
According to him, police operatives who had taken up professional and strategic positions countered the suspected ESN members as they struggled to enter the office while firing sporadically.
According to the police spokeswoman, the incident occurred on Friday about 4:30 a.m.
The statement continued, “The police engaged the hoodlums who came in their numbers to the INEC office in a gun duel and in the process they were suppressed, having suffered a tremendous defeat, with a number of them suffering different degrees of bullet wounds.”
The thugs, according to the police, retreated into their cars and sped off, but the agents gave them a close pursuit.
“In the cause of the foiled attack, no lives were lost and no weapons or ammunition were carted away,” the statement reads. The explosives did not affect the INEC main building; instead, only minor damage to the security post resulted from the fire started by the explosives, which was quickly extinguished by police personnel.
While the investigation is ongoing, top-notch efforts are being made to apprehend the evading suspects because of how much blood was found on the ground after their escape.
“CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, the Commissioner of Police, praised the officers and men for their bravery and urged them not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their accomplices are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.”