Gunmen kill 3 policemen at checkpoint in Anambra

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Gunmen on Thursday killed three po­licemen in Anambra State following an attack on a police checkpoint at Umunze in the Orumba South Local Council Area of the state.

The incident occurred about 12 noon and caused pandemoni­um in the area as the gunmen were said to have shot indiscrim­inately for about an hour.

It was learnt that the gunmen operated in unmarked dark Sports Utility Vehicle and killed the policemen at the joint security checkpoint on Ihite road.

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An eyewitness said that the ferocity of the attack turned the area into a theatre of war.

He said for over one hour the hoodlums shot indiscriminately and that apart from the three ca­sualties, some others may have sustained gunshot injuries in the attack.

While confirming the inci­dent, the state Police Public Rela­tions Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, a DSP, vowed that the development would not deter the command from achieving its objective of sustaining safety in the state.

He said: “It is an unfortunate incident and is part of the high­est price security officers pay in serving the nation but the police command is not deterred by this development.

The reinforcement teams are already in the area and the man­hunt for the assailants is ongoing while joint security patrols have been intensified in the area.”

Meanwhile, the police had earlier cel­ebrated two unrelated incidents of crime which they excelled in the past two days.

In a statement, Iken­ga said, “In the early hours of today police opera­tives attached to Ogbunike divi­sion responding to a distress call along St Monica College, Ogbuni­ke road, arrested one Mr. Jamui Emiron, ‘m’, aged 22 years and recovered one already damaged yellow Mitsubishi L300 bus with Anambra reg. no: UKP 729 A.

The suspect is among a gang of armed robbers that attacked and robbed occupants of a res­idential house in Ezi-Ogidi, ab­ducted a female victim and was en route to their den before police were alerted.

“The members of the neigh­bourhood had already support­ed the police by blocking the exit points within the area, intercept­ing the vehicle and apprehending two of the gang members while others escaped.

“Unfortunately, upon the ar­rival of the police operatives, one of the suspects had already been set ablaze by the angry mob and the criminal operational vehicle was badly damaged. The oper­atives rescued the victim, the second suspect and recovered the vehicle.

The command while reit­erating the campaign against mob action by some members of the public who resort to jun­gle justice whenever they arrest suspects in respect of any crime, commended the efforts and cour­age of community members in the apprehension of suspects.

It, however, encouraged them to take such suspect to the nearest po­lice station whenever they are apprehended.

“This would afford the police the opportunity to conduct an ap­propriate investigation into the nefarious activities of the sus­pects and bring them to justice following extant laws”.

Earlier, police had arrested members of another gang of kid­nappers and rescued their victim at Afor Nnobi road.

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