May 16, (THEWILL) – A Joint Task Force (JTF) of the Nigeria military and police, on Monday, killed 6 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who attempted to attack the premises.
A statement by the State police spokesperson, Michael Abattam, said the hoodlums, in 3 Hilux vans shot sporadically while advancing at the palace of the traditional ruler at Orlu, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, at about 8 am.
The monarch is the Imo State Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council.
Abattam said the police tactical team and the military, who got a hint of their operation engaged them in a gun duel and in the process, 6 of them were killed, while others escaped with serious bullet wounds.
He, however, confirmed that one of the vehicles of the team was bombed by the hoodlums who threw a petrol chemical bomb at it.
He said, “On their way, the hoodlums on sighting the combined team, engaged them in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs. The gallant team responded, positioning themselves professionally. In the exchange of gunfire that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed due to the superior firepower of the combined team and in the process, six of the hoodlums were neutralised, while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries.
“The combined team did not relent in their effort, they chased the hoodlums, recovering one pump action gun, three blood-stained cutlasses and three Hilux vehicles, suspected to have been snatched from innocent citizens.”
Abattam said efforts are on top gear to arrest other fleeing hoodlums, and security in Orlu and its environs, as well as all the areas, he said have been beefed up to forestall any further attack.
However, normalcy has been restored in the area and the corpses of the neutralised bandits removed and deposited in the mortuary, Abattam said.