Nigeria

Gunmen kill 3 policemen at Enugu checkpoint

At least three police officers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a roadblock in Enugu State, according to authorities and locals. This is the latest violent incident in an area where separatist tensions are high.

At least three police officers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a roadblock in Enugu State, according to authorities and locals. This is the latest violent incident in an area where separatist tensions are high.

A senior police officer who did not wish to be named told AFP, “We lost officers in the attack by the criminals, who also took away some weapons.”

State police spokesman Daniel Ndukwe said the gunmen attacked the police checkpoint in Agbani, Enugu State, and opened fire on the officers stationed there.

According to Ndukwe, “three police operatives performing stop-and-search duties” were killed.

He stated that 15 “armed hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ESN renegades” in Lexus Jeeps and Toyota Tundras were responsible for the attack.

He claimed law enforcement was actively searching for those responsible for the attacks.

Francis Nwachukwu, a resident in the area, claims that the officers were caught off guard.

As of this writing, we know that the incident occurred at about 8:00 a.m. Nwachukwu told AFP that the police officers had been extorting motorists at the roadblock before the attack.

He said that three police officers had been shot and found dead at the scene.

The former commissioner for local government in Enugu and his brother were murdered in Enugu State on Friday, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack.

It is believed that the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is responsible for many recent attacks in Southeast Nigeria.

IPOB, which advocates for an independent Igbo state, has consistently denied involvement in the violence.

Since the beginning of 2018, local media have reported that more than 100 police and other security personnel have been slain in targeted attacks.

Many prisoners have been released and weapons taken in recent prison breaks.

The election authorities on the local level have also been attacked.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the IPOB, was arrested outside of Nigeria and extradited to stand prosecution for treason.

The Igbo army officers’ 1967 proclamation of the independent Republic of Biafra prompted a three-year civil war that claimed the lives of over a million people, making separatism a touchy subject in Nigeria.