CP visits scene of attack on policemen in Enugu, orders manhunt of assailants


From Chinedu Nwafor Abakaliki

The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Ahmed Ammani has visited the scene of the attack by gunmen which claimed lives of  three policemen.

The attackers struck when the policemen were on stop-and-search duty at Agbani community of Nkanu West LGA of Enugu state on saturday.

The police Commissioner in a statement made available to Journalists by DSP Daniel Ndukwe, Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, 

said the police men were shot dead by armed hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ESN renegades, numbering about fifteen who operated in a Lexus Jeep and Toyota Tundra vehicles. 

He said the visit, amongst other things, was to enable him assess and re-strategize towards further containing the nefarious activities of the subversive criminal elements, following their recent attacks and gruesome murder of Security Operatives and innocent citizens of the State.

According to him, preliminary investigation suggests that the same hoodlums are responsible for the attack and shooting in the thigh of a Filling Station manager, kidnapping of a male victim and snatching of another’s vehicle at different times, within the Ibagwa-Nike and Alulu-Nike axis of East LGA, on 17th and 18th November, 2022.

He said: “Similarly, the Commissioner also visited Nkpokolo-Achi in Oji-River LGA, were a suspected network of the same subversive criminal elements, said to have infiltrated into the area from neighbouring Anambra State community on Friday and attacked and murdered one Gabriel Onuzulike (m), identified as former Chairman of Oji-River LGA and Commissioner in the Enugu State Government, and his brother. 

“They were, however, pursued, intercepted and engaged in a fierce gunfight at Inyi community of the same LGA, by a Joint Police/Army Team, as they were escaping back to Anambra State.

“In the ensuing gun duel, the resilient and superior firepower of the Joint Operatives led to the neutralization of two (2) of the hoodlums, forcing the others to escape into nearby forest with severe degrees of gunshot wounds. 

“Thereafter, the Team recovered one (1) AK-47 rifle and one (1) pistol with several live ammunition, while the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Jeep belonging to the deceased victims, a Toyota Camry car the assailants attempted to snatch from another victim and a RAV4 Jeep they used for the heinous criminal operation, two (2) mobile phones, amongst other incriminating items.

“Consequently, the Commissioner, while categorically stating that the Command will never be deterred in its quest to rid Enugu State of these manner of criminals, has ordered the maximum deployment of all the operational and intelligence resources of the Command to ensure that the renegades and other criminal elements operating in the State, are hunted down. He made it clear that the Command will stop at nothing in fishing out and putting to an end the heinous and violent crimes of the unrepentant criminals.

“He enjoined citizens of the State to remain law-abiding, vigilante and assist the Command with credible information and/or intelligence she requires to fish out the criminal elements and contain general acts of crime and criminality in the State.”

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