In a joint statement by the spokesman of the Imo Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, and the Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Captain Joseph Baba Akubo, the two security agencies denied reports that there was an altercation between the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, and the Nigerian Police, Imo State Command. They claimed the story is the handwork of miscreants describing the reports as “falsely fabricated”.
“The malicious and falsely fabricated report is the handwork of criminals who intend to create confusion and give an impression of a lack of synergy amongst the security agencies in Imo State,” the joint statement read.
“The law enforcement and security agencies in Imo State will continue to synergise and bring to book all criminals and halt their activities in the state.” They also used the opportunity to encourage the residents of Imo State to go about their daily activities devoid of fear, especially as regarding the Monday sit-at-home declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“We, therefore, call on all law-abiding citizens to ignore the illegal Monday sit-at-home call by the proscribed and irredentist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its affiliate criminal group, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), whose members have continuously used falsehood and threat on law-abiding citizens,” they added.