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  • News - South East - Imo
  • Updated: December 03, 2022

Imo: Police Speaks On Repelled Attack On INEC Office

The Imo Police Command has spoken after an attack on the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was repelled by officers on Friday.

Per reports, the attack took place in Orlu LGA in Imo State and it was carried out by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Speaking on the incident, the command revealed that the hoodlums, who attacked the INEC facility, later retreated with bullet wounds after they suffered a major defeat from the tactical team of the command.

The update was provided by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abatam, via a signed statement on behalf of CP Mohammed Barde.

According to Abatam, there was minimal damage in the wake of the explosion caused by the device used by the hoodlums.

“On 02/12/ 2022 at about 04:30 hours, gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) came in their numbers to the Independent National Electoral Commission office Orlu in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

"They threw Improvised Explosive Devices( IEDs) into the office from outside the fence and shot sporadically, fighting their way into the office but were repelled by the ever gallant Imo Police Command’s Tactical Teams.

“The police operatives who positioned themselves strategically and professionally, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and in the process, they were suppressed, having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various bullet wounds, they retreated.

“In the course of the foiled attack, no life was lost and no arms or ammunition was carted away.

“The INEC main building was not affected by the explosives only minor damage was done on the security post affected by the fire from the explosives which were put off immediately by the police operatives.

“Meanwhile, an investigation is ongoing and efforts are on top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects since they cannot go far because of the volume of blood stains that were seen on the ground after their escape."

 

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