The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has accused the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of abducting three police officers, and killing two of them.
In the statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, the minister described the abduction of the three policemen and the killing of two of them, in the most horrific, barbaric and cannibalistic manner, as an unacceptable attack against the Nigerian state.
Lai Mohammed vowed that those, who carried out the killings, videotaped their heinous act and circulated such on social media would be apprehended and brought to justice.
He said the continued attacks on security agents and agencies of government by ESN/IPOB ran contrary to the request of those calling for a political solution to the case of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Lai Mohammed Accuses ESN Of Killing Police In Anambra
The statement reads, ”We have credible information that ASP Francis Idoko (AP No. 154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No. 222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP. No. 285009), all serving officers of the Nigeria Police, were abducted by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), acting on the instructions of their leader, Chinonso Okafor, aka Temple, on 27 Nov. 2021.”
”Two of the officers, Inspectors Akubo and Adamu, were killed in the most gruesome manner and their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one ‘Gentle’.
”Chinonso Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and Anambra States, as well as ‘Gentle’ and all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act will be made to face swift and sure justice.
“Alhaji Mohammed said the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, is a direct attack on the state and will not be tolerated.
“He said the continued attacks on security agents as well as agencies of government by ESN/IPOB are diametrically opposed to the call in certain quarters for a political solution to the IPOB issue, and wondered why those making such calls have yet to condemn the appalling murder of serving police officers.
“The minister paid tribute to the officers, who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their fatherland, as well as all security agents who are serving the nation to the best of their ability in a most difficult moment.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that its personnel attacked Awo Mmamma Community at Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.