It is not clear on number of casualties and the main cause(s) of the clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and security operatives.
In its account the Enugu Police Command had regretted purported action of rebellion by the IPOB which led to loss of lives.
According to Daniel Ndukwe, spokesman of the Command, “Following credible information received on 23/08/2020 at about 0830hrs that suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) numbering over five hundred (500) had gone on rampage, blocking and burning tyres on the road, after abducting Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman immediately deployed Operatives of the Command, led by Enugu Metro Area commander, to rescue the adopted Operatives and restore normalcy.”
Ndukwe, furniture explained that on getting to the scene, the Operatives, who were joined by those of DSS, Army and Air Force, came under serious gunfire attacks by the hoodlums and responded and in the ensuing gun duel, two of the hoodlums were gunned down, while some of them escaped with bullets wounds.
The Operatives successfully restored normalcy and rescued one of the DSS Operatives, who were at the said school to disperse the hoodlums from their unlawful assembly, while two others were found lifeless in the scene and later confirmed dead.
He said five members of the group were arrested and they confessed to being members of the proscribed IPOB, and had gone to the school to hold a meeting and be trained in martial act and self-defense skills.
Machetes, cut-to-size woods with nails affixed, phones and other items were recovered at the scene.
Meanwhile, before getting to the scene, the hoodlums had macheted and gruesomely killed a young man, set another ablaze, while also attacking Police personnel resident in the area, claimed Ndukwe.
The Commissioner, while warning that acts of rebellion by persons and/or groups (including the proscribed IPOB) capable of truncating the peace and tranquility enjoyed in the State will not be tolerated, made it clear that perpetrators will be made to face the full weight of the law.
He further warned hospitals and medical service providers against rejecting anyone seeking medical attention from bullet wounds advising them to treat and duly notify the Command of such persons by calling the following hotlines: 08032003702, 08086671202, 08075390883 or 08098880172.
In its claim, the Department of State Services (DSS), said that two of its operatives were killed on Sunday by IPOB, members in Enugu State.
Reports however had it that around 7am, some DSS operatives and policemen stormed Practicing School Emene where IPOB members were observing their Jewish prayers and began to arrest them.
Eyewitnesses said IPOB members resisted arrest and gunshots were fired, killing one IPOB member in the process and leaving others injured.
Other IPOB members faced the security operatives and killed two policemen and two DSS operatives.
A reinforcement was said to have been called and over a dozen patrol vans loaded with armed security agents, comprising police, soldiers and DSS, arrived at the scene and faced the Biafran agitators, killing about five of them.
It was gathered that over 30 members of IPOB were subsequently arrested.
DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya said in a statement that two of its operatives died in an “unprovoked attack” launched on the service patrol team by IPOB members.
He said: “The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team. The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls.”
According to the statement, all measures have been put in place to ensure that “their killers and everyone involved in this dastardly act are promptly apprehended and brought to justice.”
Mr Afunanya added: “Consequently, a full-scale investigation will be carried out with regard to the incident.”