At least four navy and three police officers were on Thursday, March 18, gunned down by yet to be identified assailants in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria.
The attack on the Navy officers occurred at Awkuzu junction on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, while the police officers were killed at Ukacha junction in Neni, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.
The attackers also carted away rifles of the officers and burnt down their patrol vehicles.
“Similar thing happened moments ago at Ukacha junction, just before Oraukwu. Police officers were killed and their weapons taken from them, their vehicle was set ablaze,” one of the sources said.
HumAngle observes that there is a growing spate of attacks on police officers and police formation in parts of Southeast and South-south Nigeria.
The Police Command in Anambra, which confirmed the attack on its officers said only one personnel died in the attack.
According to Toochukwu Ikenga, Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, the attackers who were about 20 in number stormed the location of the patrol team in three Siena buses and motorcycles, and engaged them for about 30 minutes.
Ikenga said the gunmen escaped the scene upon the arrival of the reinforcement team.
“There was an attack on Police patrol team at Ukacha junction Neni, Anaocha LGA by yet to be identified gunmen while on nipping point today 18/3/2021 at about 4:30pm,” he said.
“The hoodlums numbering over 20 with three Sienna buses and motorcycles engaged the police in a gun-duel which lasted for over 30mins before reinforcements from the state headquarters forced the hoodlums to escape.”
“As a result, two police operatives sustained gunshot injuries and rushed to the hospital for medical attention where one was confirmed dead by a medical doctor.”
“The Commissioner of Police CP Monday Kuryas has visited the scene for on the spot assessment and investigation is ongoing.”
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