The Federal Government has strongly condemned the recent heinous murder of two police officers, stating that those who carried out the killings, videotaped them, and circulated the footage will be apprehended and brought to justice.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, called the kidnapping of three police officers and the killing of two of them in the most horrific, barbaric, and cannibalistic manner an unacceptable attack on the state.
”We have credible information that ASP Francis Idoko (AP No. 154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No. 222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP. No. 285009), all serving officers of the Nigeria Police, were abducted by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), acting on the instructions of their leader, Chinonso Okafor, aka TEMPLE, on 27 Nov. 2021.
”Two of the officers, Inspectors Akubo and Adamu, were killed in the most gruesome manner and their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one ‘GENTLE’.
”Chinonso Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and Anambra States, as well as ‘Gentle’ and all those who perpetrated the abhorrent act will be made to face swift and sure justice,” he said.
According to Mohammed, targeting and killing security agents under any guise is a direct attack on the state that will not be tolerated.
He stated that ESN/continued IPOB’s attacks on security agents and government agencies are diametrically opposed to the call in some quarters for a political solution to the IPOB issue, and he wondered why those making such calls have yet to condemn the heinous murder of serving police officers.
The Minister paid tribute to the officers who paid the ultimate price in the service of their country, as well as all security agents who are serving the country to the best of their abilities in a difficult time.
He also expressed his condolences to the families of the fallen officers, praying that God would comfort and strengthen them.