Two suspected Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members were murdered in a gunfight with security officers in Enugu State.
The suspects were killed on November 18 in the Inyi community, Oji-River Local Government Area of the state, according to Police Public Relations Officer Daniel Ndukwe, who revealed this in a statement on Sunday.
IPOB members were believed to be involved in the murder of one Gabriel Onuzulike, former Chairman of Oji-River LGA and Commissioner in the Enugu State Government, and his brother.
According to a police spokeswoman, the suspects were neutralized after the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, visited Nkpokolo-Achi in Oji-River LGA and discovered “a suspected network of the same subversive criminal elements, said to have infiltrated into the area from neighbouring Anambra State community.”
“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,” the statement read.
“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 the nearby forest with severe degrees of gunshot wounds.”
One AK-47 rifle and one pistol with live ammunition were retrieved from the accused.
Similarly, the police retrieved a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Jeep belonging to the slain victims, a Toyota Camry car the perpetrators attempted to steal from another victim, and a RAV4 Jeep they utilized for the terrible criminal activity, as well as two mobile phones and other incriminating items.
The police commissioner, for his part, warned that the Command will not be deterred in its efforts to cleanse Enugu of criminals.
In doing so, he has directed the maximum deployment of the Command’s operational and intelligence resources to ensure that renegades and other criminal elements operating in the state are apprehended.
According to him, the Enugu State Police Command will go to every length to find and apprehend the unrepentant culprits and put an end to their atrocious and violent crime.
The CP also urged Enugu citizens to obey the law, provide reliable information to vigilantes and security operatives in order to apprehend criminal elements and contain general acts of crime and criminality in the state.
He also urged members of the public to call the Command’s emergency hotlines at 08098880172, 08032003702, 08075390883 or 08086671202, or send emails to email@example.com.
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