Three policemen were killed on Saturday when they attacked a police checkpoint in Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area. Enugu StateSouth East Nigeria.
PREMIUM TIMES has learned that the gunmen attacked the checkpoint around 8 am and opened fire on the policemen on duty, killing three of them on the spot.
The police checkpoint is located near the Agbani Divisional Police Headquarters.
A resident of the area, who identified himself as Ifeanyi, narrated to PREMIUM TIMES how the attack happened.
“The policemen were busy collecting money from Okada people and bus drivers when they were attacked by unknown persons. It was so sudden.
“Many of us ran away when we heard the shots being fired. We came back and saw the bodies of the three policemen,” he said.
A video clip apparently shot after the attack went viral on social media.
In the clip seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the bodies of the two officers were lying on the ground on a main road. Another body was seen in front of the Agbani Divisional Police headquarters.
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“Unknown days have killed police officers. One of them escaped, but three were killed. See their bodies here,” a voice was heard in the background of the video clip.
The Enugu State Police spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, did not respond to calls and a WhatsApp message seeking comment on the attack.
Enugu, like other states in southeastern Nigeria, has seen a recent surge in deadly attacks.
The latest incident comes just three weeks after the gunmen hostage some returning university students and other travelers in Ekwegbe, a community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state.
in october an army checkpoint was attacked by the army in Amodu Awkunanaw, a community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. Two people were believed to have died in the attack.
In early October, two people, including a police officer, they were killed when gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Inyi Police Division in Oji River Local Government Area.
Gunmen, in September, he killed his wife Umuopu, Enugu-Ezike, of a local operational vigilance chief in Umuopu community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
A few days later, the gunmen too he killed three policemen in New Haven, Enugu North Local Government Area of the state.
Earlier in September, the gunmen He attacked members of the Labor Party (LP). they were holding a meeting in Awgu Community, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
Some members of the LP were also attacked on August 31 in Nenwe, a community in Aninri Local Government Area of the state.
Gunmen, in June, attacked a police checkpoint along Agbani road in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state. Two officers were believed to be dead in attack
There was a policeman die in mid-June, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in a community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Ibagwa-Ani State.
There were also two policemen die on June 2 when they attacked Mkpamte Community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
The attacks, mostly targeting security officials and government facilities, have been blamed on lawlessness by the indigenous people of Biafra, who are agitating for a sovereign state for the Igbo speakers in the Southeast.
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