Security agents on Sunday foiled yet another attempt to attack the Imo State Police Command headquarters, in Owerri where six of the assailants were gunned down by the police in fire exchange duel.
One of them, Joseph Uka Nnachi alias Dragon, said to be notorious and the squad commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN) was also killed in the fire-for-fire battle..
The police said Dragon was responsible for over 70 per cent of the killings in the Southeast.
The police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said Dragon and his gang were neutralised before they could access the headquarters.
“They made effort to access the police headquarters through Works Layout around Avan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled.
“They came in a white Hummer bus. Five of the hoodlums were killed during an exchange of fire and others were injured. The Hummer bus is recovered.
“Four Ak47 rifles all belonging to police officers they killed in two police stations, six bombs, 2,000 rounds of AK47 ammunition, seven AK47 magazines and two operational buses, one loaded with explosive were recovered.
“The joint teams of the police and Army gallantly fought and neutralised the IPOB/ESN terrorists after several minutes of fierce gun battle along Works Road, near the Police Headquarters.
“All the charms the notorious killer Joseph Uka Nnachi aka Dragon, native of Ebonyi State and his group were using which they so much believed in have failed them once more,” said the police.
The spokesman told our correspondent that one of the gang members was captured alive and “has made a useful statement”.
Governor Hope Uzodimma said the government was doing everything to ensure that peace returned to Imo.