Some police officers attached to the Oraifite police division were reportedly burnt to death on Monday, at Oraifite in Ekwusigo LGA Anambra.
Their van was also set ablaze following an attack from unidentified persons in the community.
A van belonging to the police was also set ablaze
However, a statement released to newsmen by the police command in the state said that Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were responsible for the attack.
Naijauto learned that the policemen have gone to the residence of one barrister identified as Ifeanyi Ejiofor, to arrest him based on some accusations brought to their attention. The arrest was said to have been met with stiff resistance from the IPOB members in the barrister's residence. There was fracas between the members and the police which led to the burning of two officers alongside their patrol van. Other officers were said to have sustained cuts from machetes
2 officers were reportedly burnt to death in the clash
The bodies of the officers were burnt beyond recognition
The remains of the burnt police van
A statement signed by the police spokesman’s Haruna Mohammed said,
"On the 2/12/2019 at about 11:30 am,there was a formal complaint against One Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor 'm' (a member of the proscribed IPOB) in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.
Following the report, Police Patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Oraifite ACP Oliver Abbey mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect who declined Police invitation.
However, as soon as Police arrived the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on the Police, set ablaze one Patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes. As a result of the attack, two Police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspected IPOB members while others were inflicted with machete cuts. The injured personnels were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment."
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