Terrorists stormed a police checkpoint along the Ekwulobia highway in Anambra State’s Aguata Local Government Area on Thursday, injuring three officers.
The incident, which happened hours after gunmen stormed the Nteje Divisional Police Headquarters in the state’s Oyi Local Government Area, was the third recorded in the South-east in a single day.
On Thursday, a terrorist assaulted a polling place where the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise was being held in Imo State’s Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, killing one official.
According to local media reports, the latest incident occurred in Isuofia, the hometown of Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo, and one police officer was murdered in the attack.
However, in a statement issued on Friday, the police spokesman in Anambra State, Tochukwu Ikenga, refuted the claims, claiming that the incident did not take place in the governor’s village and that no police officers were murdered.
“The mobile soldiers stationed at the (check) point resisted the onslaught, but three of them were shot during the gun fight with the hoodlums,” he added.
Mr Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, said the command had sent several officers to the area to maintain order.
“The region has restored to normal,” Mr Ikenga added.
He stated that the police had initiated an effort to apprehend the evading suspects.
Armed assailants have been on the rise in the South-east in recent years. Security agencies and government buildings are frequently targeted in these assaults.
An illegal organisation, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been linked to the fatal assaults in the South-east. However, the gang has denied any participation in the assaults on several occasions.
IPOB seeks an independent state of Biafra to be formed from sections of Nigeria’s south-east and south-south.
Nnamdi Kanu, the separatist group’s leader, is now incarcerated in Abuja, where he is on trial for treason.