Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has accused the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its military arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of killing two officers of the Nigerian Police Force.
While addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the minister alleged that intelligence reports traced the viral video made by the killers of the police officers, to the proscribed group.
He promised that “all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act, will be made to face swift and sure justice.”
“We have credible information that ASP Francis Idoko (AP No. 154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No. 222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP. No. 285009), all serving officers of the Nigeria Police, 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,”
Mohammed said.“Two of the officers, Inspectors Akubo and Adamu, were killed in the most gruesome manner and their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one ‘GENTLE’. Chinonso Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and Anambra states, as well as ‘Gentle’ and all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act, will be made to face swift and sure justice,” the Minister added.
He also pointed out to those “calling for a political solution to the IPOB issue” that they have a responsibility to condemn the recent spate of attacks on security agents in the South East.
“The continued attacks on security agents as well as agencies of government by ESN/IPOB are diametrically opposed to the call in certain quarters for a political solution to the IPOB issue.
“It is surprising that those making such calls have yet to condemn the appalling murder of serving police officers. Such barbaric attacks are alien to our society and the perpetrators will not go free,” he added.