The death of an escapee from the Imo Correctional Centre Owerri and a member of the state’s outlawed IPOB/ESN organization was verified by Imo police on Monday.
CSP Michael Abattam, a police spokesperson in Owerri, Imo State, verified the event to journalists.
Mr. Abattam said the incident happened at around 0745 a.m. on Monday, when people of Umuagbavo Oru Ahiara in the Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State went about their regular business.
“One Obinwanne Iwu, 34, a local Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State, came to the market with members of his gang assaulting, stealing opened stores and forcing people to lock up their shops and prohibit them from performing their lawful businesses,” according to police.
“Many stores were open and people were going about their legitimate business when the gang began yelling at the top of their lungs, “today is Monday, and everyone must obey the sit-at-home order.”
“This did not sit well with those who were opposed to it from the beginning.”
“Angry mobs in their numbers held the head of the group, one Obinwanne Iwu, tied his hands behind his back, while others left the scene into hiding,” he added. Before the police patrol squad got on the site, he was cruelly beaten to death.”
According to the authorities, efforts by a police patrol team to apprehend the culprits were futile since they all left the area when they saw the patrol team.
“While condemning the heinous crime, Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini, encouraged members of the public to always hand over suspects to the Police for appropriate investigation and prosecution,” the PPRO added. Rather than following the laws,
According to him, an investigative team from the command’s State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID) has been formed to look into the mob activity.