Gunmen allegedly identified as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network ESN) earlier today, December 12, 2022, launched attack on the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), located on Port Harcourt Road, Imo State.
Reports say that more than 10 gunmen invaded the facilities of the electoral body at 2am and set three offices ablaze with explosives.
The EPM building, Accounts and Servicom were all razed, just as furniture, files and vehicles were also destroyed by the inferno.
The joint security team stationed to provide security for the facility reportedly engaged the gunmen and were reinforced by personnel from Imo command.
Police sources allegedly claimed that seven vehicles were recovered, including seven AK47 and Pump Action rifles. Police told newsmen that many of the gunmen escaped with bullet wounds. But one police vehicle was burned by the hoodlums.
The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abbatam, who had reportedly confirmed the incident, said only three AK47 rifles and vehicles were recovered.
Abbatam said three gunmen were killed while two firebombs were recovered from the scene.
“We killed three of the attackers and recovered three AK47 rifles and pump action guns. We also recovered two explosives and three of their vehicles.”
Abbatam later addressed to newsmen at the command headquarters were the lifeless bodies of the hoodlums were paraded.
He also confirmed the death of a cop and injuring of another policeman.
“While they engaged our men on grounds we reinforced. Noticing that we were stronger they ran away, abandoning one of their vehicles.
“We gave them a hot chase towards the Onitsha Road. Fortunately, we neutralised three of them.
“Others escaped with bullet wound injuries. Unfortunately one of our men paid the supreme price. Another one was injured.”
The police said two of the attackers have been arrested, and manhunt is ongoing for the other suspects.