Nigeria Police in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria say they have killed one Joseph Uka Nnachi and four others suspected to be the masterminds of various attacks on police stations in the state.
In a statement made available to HumAngle, Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, said that Nnachi, popularly known as King of Dragons, was killed alongside his group members when they tried to access the Police Headquarters in the state in the early hours of Sunday, May 6, 2021.
Elkana said they made effort to access the Headquarters through Works Layout around Avan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled by a combined team of security operatives comprising men of the Nigerian Army, Police Special Forces and other supporting security agencies.
He explained that a total of four Ak-47 rifles stolen by the attackers in one of their various attacks, with 2000 rounds of live ammunition and a large number of explosives were recovered from the scene.
“The rifles breech numbers were cross checked and found to be the same Police rifles that were stolen by the hoodlums from our Police station at Omuma on 31st May, 2021 which claimed the lives of four Policemen,” he said.
He noted that one of the suspects, Stanley Osinachi, was arrested and is presently aiding investigation, adding that he confirmed that Dragon was the leader of the gang in Imo State.
Elkana said the Commissioner of Police in the State, Abutu Yaro has since commended the effort of the security forces who have stood firm and put their lives on the line in the bid to restore sanity to Imo State.
Yaro also condoled with families of police officers who lost their lives in the hands of terror gangs over the last few weeks and those that have suffered varying degrees of injuries.
The CP also called on all those in possession of weapons stolen from security agencies to return them to the nearest police station or military installation not later than June 12, 2021, to prevent the long arms of the law catching up with them.
A Police Inspector who suffered gunshot wounds during the gun battle is currently receiving medical attention, the statement said.
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