Deadly Ambush: ESN Suspects Attack Police in Imo State, Killing Two Officers

Unidentified assailants, suspected to be affiliated with the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), carried out a deadly ambush on police officers in Okigwe Council Area, Imo State. The attack, which occurred on Saturday along the old Gariki Road, resulted in the tragic loss of two police officers.

According to State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Henry Okoye, the attackers deployed dynamite against the officers who were conducting a routine security patrol, sparking a fierce exchange of gunfire. “In the process, two officers paid the ultimate price while four others survived the attack,” detailed the command in a statement.

Following the assault, State Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, swiftly condemned the brutal attack and the loss of the Mopol 18, Owerri personnel. CP Danjuma, accompanied by commanders of Mopol 18 and 64, promptly assessed the situation at the crime scene. The units have since launched a coordinated response involving the Command’s Special Tactical Unit and other security agencies to aggressively pursue the perpetrators.

CP Danjuma also issued directives for increased visibility patrols, intelligence-led raids on suspect hideouts, and enhanced security measures across Okigwe to prevent further incidents. He stressed the importance of community cooperation in combating such violent crimes, urging anyone with relevant information to contact the police.

Assuring the public of their safety, CP Danjuma encouraged residents to continue their daily activities without fear and to support law enforcement efforts. He extended his sympathies to the families and colleagues of the deceased officers, reaffirming his commitment to bringing those responsible to justice. “This dastardly act will not deter us. We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the perpetrators are apprehended and face the full wrath of the law,” vowed CP Danjuma.

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