August 10, 2022

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Imo police launch manhunt for killers of cops

The Imo State Police Command has begun a manhunt for the killers of four police officers attached to the Agwa Divisional Police Headquarters in the Oguta Local Government Area of the state.

Gunmen had on Friday night attacked the police station, killed four cops, and burnt vehicles at the premises.

They also went to the house of an Okada rider identified simply as Ejike, shot him dead, shot his wife before fleeing the community.

Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson for the command, Micheal Abattam, said the command was on the trail of the suspects.

He linked the attack to the militant wing of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Eastern Security Nework.

Abattam disclosed that the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Berde, had visited the attacked police station and also visited the traditional ruler of the community, Eze I.O. Asor.

The police spokesperson said the CP assured the people of the community that the police in the state were on the trail of the suspects and were ready and committed to protecting lives and properties.

He said, “On August 5, at about 2300 hours, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN), attacked Agwa Police Station in their numbers.  The hoodlums who came in two vehicles and a tipper, shooting sporadically, used a tipper vehicle in forcing the gate open to gain entrance into the station, throwing Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs.

“The police operatives of the division, joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams, gave the hoodlums a stiff resistance, engaging them in a gun duel. The hoodlums who were fatally hit with a lot of casualties on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles.

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“The fire, which affected a parked private car and some motorcycles, was later put off, preventing it from causing more damages. Fortunately, the building was not affected.

“In the attack, two suspects in custody escaped, four police officers gallantly paid the supreme price, while one rifle is yet to be recovered.

“Meanwhile, the area have been fortified with enough police operatives.

“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Mohammed Barde psc(+), who went to the scene on confidence building patrol and on the spot assessment of the incident, visited the Eze of the community, Eze I. O Asor (fcin) in his Palace where he assured him and members his community of the Command’s commitment in ensuring that peace is restored.

“The Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of this dastardly act are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“He then enjoined them to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within their communities to the nearest police station or call the Command’s emergency control room numbers 08034773600 or 08098880197.”