The claims that an officer was slain in an attack by thugs on Thursday have been refuted by the Abia State Police Command.
On the other hand, the Command attested to the fact that the attackers had murdered and severed the head of an Abia State Vigilante security officer named Obinna Ndukwe, also referred to as Socket.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, or Abia State Police Commissioner, ASP Maureen Chinaka, signed a press release stating that the incident occurred at approximately 15:50 hours in Isiahia Village in Umuojima, Osisioma.
She said that the victim’s body had been removed and placed in a mortuary, but added that Socket was a frequent collaborator with the police as a member of the Abia State Vigilante Service.
It further stated that efforts are being made to capture the attackers after police officers found the unregistered car the thugs used during the assault.
The release read, “Yesterday 26/10/2023 At about 15:50 hrs, Abia State Police officers stationed at OSISIOMA Police headquarters received credible information concerning an attack on a group of security personnel in Isiahia village, Umuojima, OSISIOMA. The attacked team included one policeman, one special constabulary personnel, and three vigilante men.
“Upon arrival, an unregistered Sienna bus and a headless corpse were discovered. Through investigation, the deceased was identified as Obinna Ndukwe, also known as Socket, who was a member of the Abia State vigilante and often collaborated with the Police. The body of the deceased has been evacuated and deposited in the mortuary.
“We would want to clarify that no police official was killed during the incident
In addition, our officers were able to retrieve the car that the thugs used for their attack, and they are currently working to find and arrest the individuals responsible.
“We urge all citizens to remain calm and security-conscious while going about their activities.”
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