In the early hours of Sunday, suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were murdered in a gun battle with police in Omuma, the hometown of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The gunmen were murdered in an attack on Omuma police station in the state’s Oru East Local Government Area, according to CSP Mike Abattam, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo.
“On March 20, 2022, at approximately 0300 hours, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network terrorist group came in large numbers to Omuma police station with various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) shooting sporadically but were quickly repelled by the police.”
“The Police Operatives engaged the hoodlums in a ferocious gun duel, and four of the bandits were neutralised on the spot, while others retreated into the bush having suffered a massive defeat, with a number of them incurring varying degrees of bullet wounds.”
Charms and five undetonated varied capacities of Improvised Explosives Devices were found from the bandits, according to him.
He claimed that cops are already combing the jungle for the evading gunmen.
The event occurred less than 24 hours after militants bombed the Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters in the state’s Owerri West Local Government Area, killing two officers.
On Saturday, gunmen burned down the country residence of Ohanaeze Ndigbo President Prof. George Obiozor in Awomamma village, still in Oru East LGA.
Uzodimma accused desperate politicians for the event, saying they would be apprehended shortly.
Uzodinma regretted in a statement he personally signed that desperate politicians who believe in violence had yet to sheath their swords despite repeated appeals to do so.
He condemned the state’s leaders’ constant use of violence to settle political differences, and warned that the government would no longer tolerate such banditry.
“The time of people who unleash this kind of mayhem in the state is ended,” he says. We will track them down and bring them to justice.”
Uzodinma questioned why the bandits would target the home of a man who is not a politician but a statesman fighting for the betterment of the entire Igbo race.
He called it a disgrace that both the sponsors and perpetrators of the assault used an innocent guy as a target.