Suspected IPOB Militants Kill Police Officer In Anambra
Gunmen suspected to be members of outlawed members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have attacked a police checkpoint in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, Nigeria’s South-east.
The police spokesperson in the state, Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident to journalists Monday morning.
He said the incident happened around 12: 50 p.m.
Mr Ikenga said the police officers engaged the gunmen in a gun duel, which forced them to flee the scene.
“Unfortunately, during the gun duel, one of the police operatives was fatally wounded,” he said.
The police spokesperson said the command had intensified patrol in the area to track down the suspects.
In a video clip of the incident, shared on various social media, the slain police officer was lying in the middle of the road in a pool of his blood.
But, the residents, who had gathered to have a glance at the victim, scampered for safety when the gunmen appeared to have returned to the scene. Sporadic gunshots were heard from the background.
In a related development, gunmen also attacked the Onitsha branch of the Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS).
ABS is a media firm owned by the state government.
An official of the ABS, who asked not to be named, confirmed the attack to this newspaper.
He said the gunmen attacked the facility in the early hours of Monday.
The official said no life was not lost, but the gunmen razed the company’s car and another vehicle parked in the facility belonging to another official of the company who worked overnight.
The official, whose vehicle was razed during the attack, was also brutalised by the terror group.