The police say three police officers, including a Chief Superintendent of Police, Ben Ajide, died on Monday when they clashed with suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Ikot Akpan community in the Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The incident which occurred on Monday in Ikot Akpan community in Essien Udim local government of the state also reportedly left four policemen missing.
A statement on Wednesday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon said the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme was saddened by the attacks and killing of police officers who were maintaining peace in the state.
The affected personnel reportedly lost their lives during a reprisal launched by the police against the members of IPOB, accused of masterminding series of coordinated attacks against police formations and the killing of police officers in the state.
The statement partly read, “In recent times, in Essien Udim LGA, security personnel, particularly, the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, have come under persistent, unprovoked attacks, leading to deaths and destruction of property, a trend which is totally absurd and unacceptable.
“Whereas the remote and immediate causes of these unprovoked attacks are unknown, a discreet investigation is on the way to unravel same and seek lasting solution.
“The Commissioner of Police is deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack on security personnel who were out maintaining the peace yesterday, March 30, 2021 which led to the demise of CSP Ben Ajide who was the Commander of the Command’s Quick Intervention Unit and two others, while four others are missing.”