By Jude Atupulazi
Police in Anambra, Monday, killed three gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network, IPOB/ESN, who attacked Awada Police Station in Idemilli North LGA of Anambra State, using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and automatic firearms.
In response to the attack, police operatives attached to the Anambra State Command engaged the assailants jointly with troops from 302 Artillery Regiment of the Nigeria Army, in a gun duel and three members of the outlawed IPOB/ESN were fatally wounded while three Kalashnikov rifles and one Automatic Pump Action gun were recovered from them.
Other items recovered from the assailants include a brown Lexus 330 with reg no. GWA 415BB ABJ; one unregistered KYMCO motorcycle suspected to be a stolen property; charms and other incriminating items.
During a mop-up operation by police/military operatives, two male suspects reasonably believed to have participated in the attack were apprehended. Regrettably, four police operatives paid the supreme price while a section of the station, one police patrol vehicle and three exhibit vehicles parked in the premises were set ablaze by petrol bombs thrown into the station by the assailants.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, CP Echeng E. Echeng, has since visited the scene and after conducting an on-the-spot assessment, ordered the immediate deployment of all the command’s operational/investigative assets to track down fleeing members of the murderous gang. The CP further appealed to residents of Awada and the people of Anambra State to remain calm as the police, in collaboration with sister agencies, would not rest on its oars until the criminal elements tormenting the state were brought to justice.