The Enugu State Police Command on Sunday accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, of attacking its men at some checkpoints in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurraham, disclosed that rifles belonging to the policemen were also carted away by those he described as hoodlums, who attacked his men with cutlasses.
Abdurraham also stated that IPOB was stockpiling the arms allegedly seized from police by their (IPOB) members with a view to using it to achieve their aims.
The CP’s allegation is coming few days after hoodlums attacked policemen at a checkpoint along Railway-line near the popular Ogbete Main Market and another checkpoint at Owelle Court, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
Abdurrahman pledged that the seized arms would be recovered by the police through intelligence.
“They are stockpiling arms and it is such arms they collect from security that they will use to fight for their interest. So, we are using intelligence and by the Grace of God, we are going to recover all the arms,” he said.
It was gathered that the officers were on duty conducting stop-and-search when they were taken unawares by the hoodlums, who disarmed and injured some of them before destroying their patrol vehicle.
A police source told Punch reporter that the policemen, who were injured during the separate attacks, were currently receiving treatment in one of the hospitals in the state capital.