The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, incharge of Zone 13, Ukpo, Anambra State, Mohammed Danmalam, has regretted the killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at their meeting ground in Emene, Enugu by a combined team of soldiers, police and personnel of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Danmallam who described the killings as "unfortunate," spoke when members of the executive committee of the Anambra State council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, paid him a courtesy visit at Ukpo on Monday.
He said, “The incident is unbecoming and unfortunate and the zone has employed best security strategies to prevent future occurrence
“The zone under my watch will continue to maintain peace, law and order in Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States. I stand for justice, human right, constitutionalism, peace and development. I say no to torture, illegal arrest and detention, intimidation, and abuse of power.
"We will give you maximum support to discharge your duties as journalists.
“I love investigative journalism. I will give you support. We want you to help us to educate these IPOB members to be peaceful. The federal government is doing everything possible to bring development in the zone.
"You can’t get development in an atmosphere of crisis. Northerners migrating to South East are doing that because the zone is peaceful. We should continue in making the zone peaceful.”
Earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Anambra State Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ifesinachi, had told the AIG that the NUJ had come to identify with him, assuring that the media would continue to uphold the ethics of journalism and professionalism throughout his tenure and beyond
IPOB said that it's members were at their meeting ground in Emene when security armed soldiers, police and DSS personnel encircled and started shooting them, killing 21 youths and abducting 47 others. However, the DSS also, claimed that the IPOB members killed two of its personnel who were on official assignment.