Following Monday’s attack on the Owerri office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Imo State Police Command has blamed suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as being behind the assault.
Imo Police Suspects IPOB As Being Behind Attack On INEC Office
Spokesman of the command, Mike Abattam, in an interview with Channels Television, said an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the group behind the heinous act.
“They are suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Presently, we are investigating. It is the outcome of our investigation that will determine those that will be held complicit,” he said.
“We gave them a hot chase. The Command’s Tactical teams were able to follow them and in the process, we were able to neutralise three of them.”
According to him, operatives were able to recover three AK-47 rifles, three pump action guns, two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), petrol bombs, charms, and other dangerous weapons.
Abattam noted that two of the gunmen were captured alive with bullet injuries, adding that the Command is still combing the area to apprehend other fleeing suspects.
Kanyi Daily reported that gunmen on Monday morning attacked the INEC facility along Port Harcourt Road in Owerri, the state capital. Four persons including one policeman lost their lives in the dastard attack.