One shot as police stop IPOB/ESN attack on bank in Anambra

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One person was shot as operatives of Anambra Police Command and soldiers dispersed alleged members of proscribed Indigenous group of Brafia IPOB and Eastern security Network ESN in trying to enforce sit-at-home order and rob a bank at Nkwo market, in Ihiala part of the state on Monday.

DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, the spokesperson for Anambra Police Command said members of the outlawed group armed with guns and other dangerous weapons came out in their numbers on a motorbike and started shooting sporadically, in an attempt to rob a bank and to disrupt commercial activities and vehicular movement going on in Ihiala.

But the joint operatives responded swiftly which made the armed men abandon their evil plan and took to their heels.

“Unfortunately, due to the indiscriminate shootings by the armed group, a stray bullet hit the chief security officer CSO of the bank on the leg and he has been taken to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. No life was lost,” said the police spokesperson.

He added that calm has returned in the area as Police with other security forces have intensified patrols, and improved security dominance and surveillance in the state.