IPOB Members Accused For The Attack On INEC Office – Police

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The attack on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state was carried out by the Indigenous People of Biafra, according to the Imo State Police Command (IPOB).

Attack by unidentified gunmen on the INEC office in Owerri, Imo State.

No fewer than three suspects were killed as a result of the incident that happened on Monday.

No crucial election materials were damaged; the attack only affected the portion of the building that the Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) Department occupied.

The gunmen that attacked INEC’s office in the state were members of IPOB, according to the Command’s spokesman on the attack, Mike Abattam.

Investigations into the incident, according to information provided by Abbatam, suggested that the attack was carried out by a prohibited organisation.

According to him, “They are suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra. It is the outcome of our investigation that will determine those that will be held complicit.

“We gave them a hot chase. The Command’s tactical teams were able to follow them and in the process, we were able to neutralize three of them.”

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has condemned the attack on the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri, the state capital.

Speaking with journalists at the Police headquarters in Owerri, Uzodinma claimed that the attack on the INEC facility is proof that insecurity in the state is politically motivated.

He said, “This is further proof that insecurity in Imo State is politically contrived. In Imo State, you have politicians who want to win elections without going through the electioneering process. But I am happy with what the police and other security agents have done. We will continue to support them to do their work better.

“I want to assure Imo people to come home and celebrate Christmas as Imo is safe. The security agents are on top of the situation and ready to provide adequate security, before, during, and after the Christmas season.”

Briefing the governor, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Berde, said that three of the suspects were killed while two were caught alive.

Berde also disclosed that one police officer was killed in the process while another cop was injured.

He said three AK47s and three GPD rifles, charms, money, Automated Teller Machine cards, locally made explosives, and other exhibits were recovered from the gunmen