Imo State’s Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has ordered a probe into the killing of seven people in the Umuafom autonous village in Orogwe, the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
Police believe the deceased, believed to be security guards, were gunned down the night of July 31 by unidentified assailants.
Attackers reportedly entered the community in an SUV and three motorcycles, killing the guards at their duty position.
On Wednesday, August 3, CSP Michael Abattam, spokesman for the State Police Command, confirmed the event in a statement and stated six other people were injured in the attack.
Sir Chima Ogbuehi, the owner of the building where the dead were found, was named by the PPRO as the owner of the building’s owner.
In the early hours of January 8, 2022, the Divisional Police Officer in Charge of Ogbaku Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri, Imo State, received a distress call that armed bandits believed to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its arm affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN) arrived in a black Lexus Jeep and three motorcycles, each carrying two people, and opened fire on the occupants of a building in Orogwe,
“As quickly as possible, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) mobilised his men, along with a detachment of tactical teams from the command, to the scene. On arrival, however, the criminals had already fled in a Toyota Sienna SUV, which the Command’s tactical team quickly pursued. The DPO’s men transported the injured to the Federal Medical Center Owerri, and the corpses were taken to the mortuary.
“While seven (7) people were killed in the attack on the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri, Imo State; six (6) others were injured and taken to the hospital.
An probe has been initiated by the police commissioner, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc (+), and he has promised that the command will go all out to ensure that the perpetrators of this despicable act are apprehended and brought to justice,” the statement read.
The CP urged calm and urged the good people of the state to assist the police and other security agencies by providing credible information and reporting any clandestine activities observed in their communities to the nearest police station or calling the Command’s emergency control numbers; 08034773600 or 08098880197.