The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that two of its operatives were killed on Sunday by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Enugu State.
It was learnt that around 7am, some DSS operatives and policemen stormed Practicing School Emene where IPOB members were observing their Jewish prayers and began to arrest them.
Eyewitnesses said IPOB members resisted arrest and gunshots were fired, killing one IPOB member in the process and leaving others injured.
Other IPOB members faced the security operatives and killed two policemen and two DSS operatives.
A reinforcement was said to have been called and over a dozen patrol vans loaded with armed security agents, comprising police, soldiers and DSS, arrived at the scene and faced the Biafran agitators, killing about five of them.
It was gathered that over 30 members of IPOB were subsequently arrested.
DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya said in a statement that two of its operatives died in an “unprovoked attack” launched on the service patrol team by IPOB members.
He said: “The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team. The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls.”
According to the statement, all measures have been put in place to ensure that “their killers and everyone involved in this dastardly act are promptly apprehended and brought to justice.”
Mr Afunanya added: “Consequently, a full-scale investigation will be carried out with regard to the incident.”