… as police shoot suspected IPOB in a gun duel
One Mobile Police Officer has been reportedly killed and Police in a counter-attack, gunned down one suspected IPOB operative, Mr. Imo John Udo, who hails from Ikot Edem Udo, Okon Clan in Essien Udim Local Government Area. This is as many were feared dead during a gun duel in Ini Local Government Area Divisional Police Station on Sunday, 13 June, 2021 at about 4:30 Am.
It was gathered that the suspected terrorists invaded the area with motorcycles and immediately opened fire directly at the police station.
Witnesses said the operation lasted about some minutes as men of the Police Quick Intervention Unit (QIU) with their counterparts from Ikot Ekpene Area Command, confronted them in a gun battle, gunning down one of the suspected IPOB terrorist team member who, it was learnt, may not survive.
Members of Ikono/Ini Media Professionals Global Service Ltd. who arrived at the scene on the tip of information in the early hours of the morning said police tried their best as two abandoned motorcycles were recovered, and applauded the Police for their fast approach to confront the hoodlums.
The Team led by the organisation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Effiong, who confirmed the true situation of the incident, also condoled with the family of the Police Officer who paid the supreme price in service to the nation and called on the government at all levels, including the people of Ikono /Ini to identify with the family in this period of grief.
According to Effiong, ” Immediately we got the information, my team moved in there to ascertain the true situation, to help nip in the bud the reoccurrence of such ugly situation, though security information should not be made public.
“With our Board of Trustee, Distinguished Senator Aloysius Etok, our Editorial Chairman, Dr. Udeme Nana we will partner with other public-spirited sons and daughters of the area to ensure that we put in place, together with the Police and government, CCTV cameras that will monitor and report their movement including that of Nkari which is always a recurring decimal”, he said.
The Akwa Ibom State Command Police Spokesman, Odiko Macdon when contacted said his men are on top of the situation at the moment as he will soon brief the media.
© Emmanuel Ufon