Department of State Services has disclosed that it lost two personnel from its Enugu State patrol team, after an unprovoked attack by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members.
In a statement by the DSS’ Spokesman, Peter Afunanya, he said the agency will ensure the killers are arrested soon.
“The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today, 23rd August, 2020, attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team.
“The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls.
“However, all measures have been put in place to ensure that their killers and everyone involved in this dastardly act are promptly apprehended and brought to justice. Consequently, a full scale investigation will be carried out with regard to the incident.
“Once again, the Service reaffirms its commitment to assiduously work with other security agencies to maintain public safety and order. It, therefore urges law abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear,” Afunanya said.
In its statement, the Enugu State Police Command, through Commissioner for Police Ahmad Abdulrahman told PUNCH that it was a DSS operation but his men had to come in when it became a free-for-all.
He placed the casualty figures at four, with two of them being Police officers and said more than 30 IPOB members have been arrested.
“It was a DSS operation; it was when it turned bloody and IPOB seized their men that they sought our intervention.
“When my men arrived at Emene, they came under heavy fire from the miscreants. So they have to take cover and replied and when they saw that the problem was too much, they called for reinforcement, then the DSS also called the military.
“So it was an operation to rescue DSS operatives and at the end, I arrested five; then two corpses. They killed two people and they burnt one other alive.
“They killed one other person whose identity was not known. The injured are receiving treatment, including the IPOB members that we arrested.
“Maybe other members of IPOB were with DSS because they also made arrest and military also effected arrest also.”
IPOB in its own statement also spoke tough and vowed to revenge the alleged killing of its members.
In a statement by Emma Powerful, Spokesman of the group placed their casualties at 21 and said 47 IPOB members were arrested.
“Today (Sunday), the Nigerian security personnel stormed IPOB meeting ground in Enugu and started shooting sporadically which consumed the lives of 21 members and 47 arrested for no just cause or provocation.
“Those responsible for this barbaric killing in Enugu today must pay for their actions against IPOB at the appropriate time. It is laughable for the DSS to be claiming that they lost five personnel in the hands of unarmed and peaceful people. It is clear to all that IPOB doesn’t carry arm.”
“We are warning and asking the Nigerian government and its security operatives to stop this atrocity. Why have they refused to confront Fulani terrorist herdsmen, Boko Haram terrorists, Ansaru group, Fulani bandits, ISIS and other groups ravaging the country and busy killing innocent and unarmed citizens of IPOB?”