Unknown gunmen have killed a divisional police officer (DPO) of a community in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The police officer, identified as Fatmann Dooiyor, was killed on Monday by the gunmen in Oru East LGA, which is the local government of Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State.
According to a statement issued by Mike Abattam, the Public Relations Officer of the Imo Police Command, six of the gunmen, suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), were killed during a gun duel with police officers.
Abattam said 11 other suspected members of IPOB were also arrested.
The statement read: “The tactical teams of the command immediately swung into action, ambushed and launched a surprise attack on the convoy of the bandits which resulted in the neutralisation of six of the bandits while 11 of them were arrested at the station.
“Unfortunately, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor, paid the supreme price.
“The teams later recovered the three vehicles abandoned by the bandits to the station which includes, two Toyota Highlander SUV vehicles with registration numbers Abia MBL 517 AT and LAGOS JJJ 984 EL respectively and a milk colour unregistered Lexus Jeep to the station.
“Presently, the command’s tactical teams and Special forces led by ACP Evans E.Shem are combing the bush for possible arrest of the bandits that fled into the bush.”