On Friday morning, some unidentified gunmen ambushed police officers at Okpala Junction in Imo State’s Ngor Okpala Local Government Area.
A couple, Mr. and Mrs. Chinaka Nwagu, who were from the Amankwo Okpala community, were also killed, according to information obtained by newsmen from a dependable source who wished to remain anonymous.
According to the source, all commercial activity in the neighborhood had ended as a result of the catastrophe.
In his words, “The dead officers traveled from the nearby Abo Mbaise police division to eat at the junction.”
He asserted that while they were eating, some armed men showed up and began firing at the policeman.
He asserted that while three police officers died there, two more who fled were also killed there, along with a couple at a shop where they ran for cover.
“The shop belonged to the couple.
“The attackers took away five riffles after killing the police officers.
“This is very regrettable. Our neighborhood is in pain. Everyone is perplexed. About a year ago, the couple moved from Lagos. The market has closed. Out of shock and panic, people have fled. I can’t believe this,” he lamented.
A community source, Emeka Ndukwu, who claimed to have driven via the Owerri-Aba Road, said he saw the dead bodies of the police officers.
Ndukwu remarked, “This is awful. As we passed by, the five policemen’s bodies were on the road. At the crossroads, their Hilux was also parked. It was an awful scene. This is awful. God be merciful.”
When contacted, Henry Okoye, the State Police Command’s spokesman, said he hadn’t yet been briefed on the murder but promised to let our correspondent know once he was.
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