Enter the police Enugu State said a manhunt has been launched for the men who were killed in a checkpoint that killed three officers on Saturday in Agbani, a community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State in South East Nigeria.
The state police spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe disclosed this on Sunday.
PREMIUM TIMES reports how they armed the checkpoint and they shot at the policemen on duty, killing three of them on the spot.
Mr Ndukwe, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, said about 15 armed hoodlums were suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He said the suspected IPOB members drove into the checkpoint in a Lexus SUV and a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
“Preliminary investigations suggest that the same miscreants are responsible for the attack and shooting of a petrol station manager in the thigh, the kidnapping of a male victim and the carjacking of another at different times within the Ibagwa-Nike and Alulu-Nike Axis of Enugu. Eastern Local Government Area on the 17th and 18th of November. “, he said.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, visited the community hours after the attack, Mr Ndukwe said.
The commissioner’s visit, among other things, to “assess and renew strategy” to deal with criminals and their activities, according to the police.
The killing of the officers happened 24 hours after the gunmen killed a former state Commissioner for Rural Development, Gab Onuzulikeand his brother in Nkpokolo-Achi, a community in Oji-River Council Area of the state.
The police spokesman said the police commissioner also visited the community where Mr. Onuzulike and his brother were killed.
Mr Ammani vowed that the police would “never relent” in their efforts to rid the state of criminals.
The police commissioner said he has ordered the “maximum deployment of all operational and intelligence resources” of the police to go after the criminals who are terrorizing the state.
He urged residents to remain law-abiding and help police with “credible information” to combat crimes in the state.
Enugu, like other states in southeastern Nigeria, has seen a recent surge in deadly attacks.
The attacks, which mostly targeted security officials and government facilities, have been attributed to IPOB, which is advocating for an independent state for the Igbo speakers in the southeast.
But the group has repeatedly denied participating in the attacks.
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