Armed men suspected of being members of the Eastern Security Network stormed a police station at Ibiaku Ntok Okpo in Akwa Ibom State’s Ikono Local Government Area on Saturday, killing two police officers.
This comes just five days after gunmen stormed Ika Police Station on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, killing a female officer, Esther Akpan, and a special police Constabulary officer, Isonuyo Paul.
Another female police officer was injured, and five vehicles belonging to the station were set ablaze during the attack, which occurred around 3 a.m.
Nsisong Ntuk, press secretary to the chairman of Ikono LGA, said on Facebook that a flag hoisted at the police station was also carted away.
“Today, Saturday 1st May 2021, the chairman of Ikono LGA received a distress call about the invasion of the Police Station at Ibiaku Ntok Okpo by criminals alleged to be members of the Eastern Security Network by 3am,” Ntuk wrote in the statement titled, ‘This ill wind will be decimated with utmost precision.’
“In the ensuing melee, two police officers were killed, five vehicles burnt, a policewoman on night duty was critically injured, and a flag hoisted at the police station stolen.
“On getting the alarming information, chairman, Nyakno Okoibu, and the Chief Security Officer of the Local Government Area swung into action by arriving at the scene of the mayhem with his retinue of aides.
“Proactive measures have been taken to ensure that normalcy is restored to the area of attack and other parts of the Local Government Area.”
The statement called on the people of Ikono to remain calm as necessary security measures are being taken to restore normalcy to the affected areas.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations officer, Odiko Macdon, said the situation is being assessed by the policemen mobilised to the scene.
He said, “There was an attack on our Ikono base, it wasn’t razed down and as we speak police officers drafted to the scene are assessing the situation already.”