The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of executing two policemen in cold blood.
The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, made this accusation in a statement on Monday said the ESN members carried out the murder after they kidnapped the officers.
WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that two police officers were killed and their bodies burnt following an attack by unknown gunmen in Anambra state.
The police Public Relations officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the slain officers were travelling with their colleagues when they were ambushed by the gunmen.
Ikenga said the bodies of the slain officers were burnt by the gunmen, while one officer is still missing.
According to DAILY POST, a number of young men seen in a video communicating in Igbo language, surrounded two decapitated heads.
They joked, mocked the deceased and repeatedly mentioned that one looked like “Fulani” from the look of his nose.
Mohammed vowed that the culprits behind the “killings, who videotaped their heinous act and circulated such will be apprehended and brought to justice”.
He described the abduction of three policemen and the killing of two of them, “in the most horrific, barbaric and cannibalistic manner, as an unacceptable attack against the state”.
The minister listed the victims as ASP Francis Idoko (AP No. 154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No. 222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP. No. 285009).
“They were abducted by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), acting on the instructions of their leader, Chinonso Okafor, aka TEMPLE, on 27 November 2021.
”Inspectors Akubo and Adamu were killed, their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one ‘GENTLE’.
“Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and the Anambra States, as well as ‘Gentle’ and all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act, will be made to face swift and sure justice,” he said.
Mohammed stressed that the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, is a direct attack on Nigeria and will not be