Suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) were killed in a gun duel with the police at Omuma, the hometown of Governor Hope Uzodimma, in the early hours of Sunday.
According to CSP Mike Abattam, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo, the gunmen were killed in an attack on Omuma police station in Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
“On 20th March 2022 at about 0300 hours, Hoodlums suspected to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network terrorist group came in large numbers with various calibers of Improvised Explosive Devices ( IED) to Omuma police station shooting sporadically but, were swiftly repelled by the police.
“The Police Operatives engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel and in the process four of the bandits were neutralized on the spot while others escaped into the bush having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds.”
He said charms and five undetonated different capacities of Improvised Explosives Devices were recovered from the neutralized bandits.
The police, he said, are currently combing the bush to apprehend the fleeing gunmen.
The incident happened barely 24 hours after gunmen bombed Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state, killing two officers.
Commenting on the incident, Uzodimma blamed desperate politicians, whom he said would be hunted down soon.