About eight security operatives are feared dead, when unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra launched a surprise night attack on two checkpoints along the Airport Road, Omagwa, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The simultaneous attack took place around the late hours of 11.30pm on Saturday, At the Joint Task Force checkpoint in Omagwa and the Nigeria Customs checkpoint at Isiokpo.
According to a reliable source who live around the area, the attacks were launched simultaneously on the two security locations.
According to the source, “Two burnt corpses were recovered at the JTF checkpoint, while three were recovered at the Customs checkpoint and three other corpses were also recovered around the scene.
“A rifle each was stolen from the JTF and Customs officers while two Hilux vans with sirens were also taken away from the Customs officers.
“They attempted to attack Isiokpo Police Area Command, but policemen repelled them,” he added.
CP have ordered the investigation of the situation
The attacks have been confirmed by the Rivers State Police Command.
The representative for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, in his statement said, “I can confirm the attack on security personnel along the Omagwa-Isiokpo-Elele-Owerri Road.
“The CP (Mr Friday Eboka), has launched a full scale investigation into the dastardly attack with a view to arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.”
“Killers must be fished out, face Justice” says Wike
And on recent related developments, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in his statement which was issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Sunday stated that those behind the attack must be fished out and justice must prevail accordingly.
The statement reads, “The governor said there was no justification for such a heinous and condemnable attack targetted against innocent security personnel on legitimate duty of protecting lives and property in the state.
“We condemn this heinous act, share the grief of the security agencies and convey our sincere condolences. Governor Wike has therefore demanded that the perpetrators of the attack must be fished out and brought to justice.”