The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of executing two policemen in cold blood.
Lai Mohammed made this disclosure on Monday, November 29, in a statement; noting that IPOB militant wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) carried out the murder.
In a viral video, a number of young men, communicating in the Igbo language, surrounded two decapitated heads.
They joked, mocked the deceased, as well as repeatedly mentioned that one looked like “Fulani” from the look of his nose.
Lai Mohammed vowed that the culprits behind the “killings, who videotaped their heinous act; and circulated such will be apprehended and also brought to justice”.
He also 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 also sure justice,” Lai Mohammed said.
Mohammed stressed that the targeting and killing of security agents, under any guise, is a direct attack on Nigeria and will also not be tolerated.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 says it is currently monitoring situations around the world concerning the newly mutated COVID-19 variant known as Omicron.
Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to Federal Government (SGF) and Chairman of the PSC said in Abuja on Monday, November 29, that “as the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) just stated today, the emergence of the highly-mutated COVID-19 Omicron variant underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is.
“South Africa and Botswana should be commended for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalised.
“Nigerians and residents are therefore urged to get fully vaccinated; frequently tested; and also continue to strictly adhere to the non-pharmaceutical intervention measures; including physical distancing; proper wearing of face mask; ensure proper ventilation as well as hand hygiene.
“However, the PSC is reviewing the situation around the world; and putting in place measures to curtail the impact of the variant on the country.”