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The Imo State Police Command has announced that it had begun investigations into Monday’s killing of seven people in Orogwe in the Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that some gunmen had invaded the community and opened fire, killing seven and injuring six after snatching a vehicle.
A statement issued in Owerri by the command’s spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, said the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Berde, had ordered a holistic investigation into the crime with a view to arresting the fleeing gunmen.
He accused the militant wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network, of carrying out the crime.
The statement read, ‘On August 1, 2022, at about 2200hrs, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ogbaku Divisional Police Headquarters, Owerri, lmo State, got a distress call that armed bandits suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network, came in a black Lexus Jeep and three motorcycles carrying two persons each, shooting sporadically at the occupants in a building at Orogwe, Owerri West LGA, Imo State, belonging to one Sir Chima Ogbuehi who resides in Lagos and some tenants are suspected to have been fatally injured.
‘The Divisional Police Officer swiftly mobilised his men with the support of a detachment of the command’s tactical teams to the scene. On arrival, the hoodlums had escaped almost immediately, snatching a blue-coloured Toyota Sienna SUV vehicle and the Command’s tactical team speedily went on their trail while the DPO and his men rushed the injured ones to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, and evacuated the corpses to the Mortuary. Regrettably, a total of seven (7) persons lost their lives in the attack while six (6) others sustained injuries and were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, Imo State.
‘The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Barde psc (+), has ordered for a discreet investigation into the incident, promising that the Command will go all out in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
‘He then, appealed for calm and enjoined the good people of the state to assist the police and other security agencies by giving them credible information and report any clandestine activities observed in their communities to the nearest police station or call the Command’s emergency control numbers: 08034773600 or 08098880197.’