DSS loses to officials in clash with IPOB

Two officials of the Department of State Services [DSS] reportedly died during a clash between the service and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB] in Enugu.

The Service said the two men were killed in the Emene area of the Enugu State capital when its patrol team was attacked.

The DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Unprovoked violent attack on DSS patrol team in Enugu.’

It stated, “The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today (Sunday), attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra.

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“The service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team.”

The secret police condoled with the families of the departed officers and also prayed for the repose of their souls.

It explained that all measures had been put in place to ensure that their killers and everyone involved in the dastardly act were promptly apprehended and brought to justice.

The agency reaffirmed its commitment to work with other security agencies to maintain public safety and order.

It urged law-abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear.

NewsCentral reports that the IPOB had been proscribed on September 20, 2017 and designated as a terrorist organisation by Justice Abdu Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja, upon an ex parte application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).

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The group had filed an application seeking to overturn the ruling before the same judge on 22 September 2017.

The AGF office subsequently filed a counter-affidavit justifying the proscription order of the court.

However, on January 19, 2018, the judge held that the September 20, 2017 proscription order of the court was validly issued and awarded N500,000 as cost against IPOB for filing the “unmeritorious” application.

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