The federal government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has accused the Eastern Security Network of killing and beheading Nigeria police officers abducted in the South Eastern part of the country.
ESN is the militia wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
A statement on Monday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated that the culprits behind the “killings, who videotaped their heinous act and circulated such will be apprehended and brought to justice.”
He described the abduction of three policemen and the killing of two of them, “in the most horrific, barbaric and cannibalistic manner, as an unacceptable attack against the state."
The minister listed the victims as ASP Francis Idoko (AP No.154945); Inspector Emmanuel Akubo (AP No.222336) and Inspector Rufai Adamu (AP.No.285009).
“They were abducted by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), acting on the instructions of their leader, Chinonso Okafor, aka TEMPLE, on 27 November 2021.
”Inspectors Akubo and Adamu were killed, their decapitated bodies videotaped and circulated widely. The leader of the ESN team that killed the two officers is one ‘GENTLE’.
“Okafor, the most influential commander of ESN in charge of Imo and the 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.
The minister stressed that the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, was a direct attack on Nigeria and would not be tolerated.