Imo attack: Deceased officers lured to fake distress call, police say
• IGP orders clampdown on non-state actors
The Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, said the security officers killed in Imo State on Tuesday, were responding to a fake distress call from the area, which lured them into an ambush.
The attack resulted in the tragic loss of lives of officers from various security agencies, who were dedicated to ensuring peace and protection of lives in Imo State.
According to police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, September 19, in Oriagu, Ehime Mbano Local Council of Imo State, serves as a stark and painful reminder of the daily risks and sacrifices that our security personnel willingly embrace in their unwavering commitment to ensure the safety and security of our communities.
He said: “The security agents affected by this senseless act of violence comprised Police Officers, the Military, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). They were diligently responding to a distress call from the area, which turned out to be fake, and targeted at luring them into the ambush.
“The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has however assured the public that the police are fully committed to collaborating closely with other relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into this heinous act while relentlessly pursuing the cause of justice.
“He assures that the Force would redouble its efforts to bring the culprits to book and guarantee the safety of our officers and the security of our communities, while earnestly imploring the public to remain calm and vigilant.
“He also urged the public to extend their cooperation to law enforcement agencies in the collective pursuit of peace and order in Imo State, and other parts of the country.”
Meanwhile, Egbetokun has ordered a clamp down on non-state actors, following the recent attack.
He extended thoughts and prayers to the families of the fallen heroes, pledging that the sacrifices made by their loved ones will not be in vain.
He said: “The NPF urges anyone who may possess information relating to this incident to come forward and actively assist in the investigative process and/or send in information anonymously through the NPF Social Media handles @PoliceNG, or through mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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