From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, worried by the recent killing of 7 security guards at Umuafom, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state, has called for an immediate investigation into the incident even as he alleged that the act was perpetrated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Barde in a statement by the Command”s spokesperson, Michael Abattam, regretted that the hoodlums who came in a black Lexus jeep and three motorcycles had escaped before his men could arrive at the site almost immediately, however, he added that they were given a hot chase.
“On 01/8/2022 at about 2200hrs, the Divisional Police Officer in charge Ogbaku Divisional Police Headquarters Owerri, lmo State, got a distress call that armed bandits suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s arm affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN), came in a black Lexus Jeep and three motorcycles carrying two persons each, shooting sporadically at the occupants in a building at Orogwe, Owerri West LGA, Imo State,” he stated.
“The Divisional Police Officer, swiftly mobilized his men with the support of a detachment of the command’s tactical teams to the scene, on arrival the hoodlums had escaped almost immediately, snatching a blue-coloured Toyota Sienna SUV vehicle.
“And the Command’s tactical team speedily went on their trail while the DPO and his men rushed the injured ones to Federal Medical Center Owerri and evacuated the corpses to the Mortuary. Regrettably, a total of seven 7 others lost their lives in the attack while six 6 others sustained injuries and were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, Imo State.”
The CP has also disclosed that the number of wounded persons is now 6 as against 2 widely reported in the media.
Meanwhile, the CP has assured that the Command will go all out in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.