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Separatists Attack Police Station, Kill 2 Police Officers On Duty In Southeast Nigeria

In a new attack allegedly orchestrated by separatist fighters in Anambra, Southeast Nigeria, a Police station was razed and two officers killed on duty.

Two police officers were killed during an attack on Obosi Police Division, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria late hours of Wednesday, May 5, by suspected separatist fighters. 

The attackers also set the station ablaze alongside some of the vehicles within the premises.

Confirming the incident, Tochukwu Ikenga, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and command’s Public Relations Officer said the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi has dispatched a tactical team for on-the-spot assessment of the incident.

Owolabi had on Monday assumed office as the new Commissioner of Police in Anambra following the redeployment of erstwhile CP, Monday Kuryas.

According to Ikenga, the on-the-spot assessment team was equally told to possibly identify and apprehend the hoodlums that perpetrated the attack.

Ikenga who said that the bodies of the two killed police officers have been deposited at a nearby morgue said that investigation into the matter had begun.

The assailants, before setting the police station ablaze, released all the detainees in the cell, according to Daily Trust.

The two police officers killed during the attack were identified as Inspectors James and Awalu.

HumAngle reports that attacks on police formations and officers in southeastern Nigeria have been on the rise since the killing of Nwokike Anyinayo Andy,  popularly known as Ikonso, the deputy commander of Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

The separatist group has since vowed to avenge the death of its commander, warning that the ‘region would not know peace.’

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