Unknown gunmen kill two Police officers in Akwa Ibom attack
Charles Nwoke, Uyo, Nigeria
April 29, 2021
Unidentified gunmen have killed two policemen in Nigeria’s Southern region of Akwa Ibom state, in the latest attack targeting security agents in the region.
The unfortunate incident occurred on Tuesday evening at Ika axis of the state when the hoodlums ambushed and shot the two on their way home after work.
Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer said in a statement that some gunmen on motorcycles had attempted to attack the Ika police station but were rebutted.
“Unfortunately, before heading towards the station to attack it, they ambushed and killed a woman police corporal, Esther Akpan who had just closed from duty and was on her way home in the company of a police special constabulary,” he said.
Macdon disclosed that a police patrol vehicle was equally razed down by the gunmen.
Southeast Nigeria has seen a surge in deadly attacks targeting police and other security agencies in the past few months. Dozens of security personnel have been killed and police stations burnt in a wave of onslaught by gunmen in the region.
The attacks seem to have spread to neighboring southern states, over the past few weeks.
Recall that we brought you the story that five security personnel were killed in nearby Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers state on Saturday.
Three policemen were equally killed when unidentified gunmen attacked the residence of the nearby Imo state’s governor.
No group has claimed responsibility for the continuous killings and attacks but police have blamed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPoB), a proscribed secessionist group. Meanwhile, IPoB has denied the accusation.
IPoB is a separatist group seeking an independent state of Biafra for the Igbo people, indigenous of southeast Nigeria.
Separatist calls for a state of Biafra in the south are a sensitive subject in Nigeria after a unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 sparked a brutal 30-month civil war that claimed the lives of over one million people, mostly Igbo, who were killed in the war.