The Federal Government has accused the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of killing and beheading two police officers in the South-Eastern part of the country recently.
The government’s claim was made known in a statement by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, on Monday.
The Anambra Police Command had on Sunday announced that two of its personnel were killed and their bodies burnt by unknown gunmen following an ambush on Saturday.
But according to the statement issued by his media assistant, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed said the police officers had their bodies decapitated by the ESN, although he did not mention if he was referencing the incident that occurred in Anambra on Saturday.
According to the minister, the killing of security agents is a direct attack on the state.
The statement read: ”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 Nov. 2021.
”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.
“Alhaji Mohammed said the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, is a direct attack on the state and will not be tolerated.”
Mohammed questioned those calling for a political solution to the issue surrounding the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying they are yet to condemn the “killing of police officers by ESN”.
The statement read: “He said 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, and wondered why those making such calls have yet to condemn the appalling murder of serving police officers.
“The minister paid tribute to the officers, who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their fatherland, as well as all security agents who are serving the nation to the best of their ability in a most difficult moment.”