A Chief Superintendent of Police, (CSP) identified as Fatmann Dooiyor, is among the seven casualties when gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), struck Omuma, Governor Hope Uzodimma’s Community in Oru East Local Government area of Imo State on Monday.
Dooiyor, who was the Divisional Police Officer for Omuma Community was among those who tried to repel the attack, which comes months after gunmen had killed a security guard at the residence of Uzodinma and set the building on fire.
The armed gang struck on the day IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was to be arraigned at a Federal High Court in Abuja. But the Department of State Services (DSS) did not produce him in court, citing logistics challenges.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Imo State Command, CSP Mike Abattam who confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday said six of the gunmen were killed by the police while 11 have been arrested.
The bandits in convoy of three vehicles invaded the Community but were repelled by police led by the Area Commander, ACP Benjamin Abang, according to Abattam.
He also revealed that the police were alerted when bandits were sighted moving in convoy into Omuma town when the exchange of gunfire ensued.
According to Abattam, “The tactical teams of the Command immediately swung into action, ambushed and launched a surprised attack on the convoy of the bandits which resulted to the neutralisation of six of the bandits while, 11 of them were arrested to the station.
“Unfortunately, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor paid the supreme price.
“The teams later recovered the three vehicles abandoned by the bandits to the station which includes, two Toyota Highlander SUV vehicles with registration numbers Abia MBL 517 AT and LAGOS , JJJ 984 EL respectively and a milk colour unregistered Lexus Jeep to the station.
“Presently, the Command’s tactical teams and Special forces led by ACP Evans E.Shem are combing the bush for possible arrest of the bandits that fled into the bush,” according to the statement.
Investigation by TheNewspad revealed some residents of the area nclusing women and Children who fled into the bush to avoid a ricochet, have started returning home.