Gunmen have again killed three policemen there Ebonyi StateSouth East Nigeria.
The incident happened on Wednesday morning in Oshiri, a community in Onicha Local Government Area of the state.
The state police spokesperson, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday evening.
Mrs Onovwakpoyeya, the Superintendent of Police, said the gunmen attacked the officers while they were conducting stop and search operations at the Oshiri Divisional Police Headquarters in the state.
“Unfortunately, three policemen lost their lives. One was injured and is receiving treatment in hospital,” Ms Onovwakpoyeya said.
A police spokesman said that shortly after the attack, state police tactical teams gathered in the area to “go after” the gunmen.
“As a result, two miscreants were neutralized and others escaped with bullet injuries,” he said.
According to the police, a Lexus ES-350 model, a manufactured AK-47 rifle, an AK-47 magazine with seven rounds of ammunition, an SMG rifle and a magazine with rounds of ammunition were among others.
Others include hard drugs, charms, juju drums and chakra musical instruments for shrines.
The Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Faleye Olayele, has called on residents of the state to report anyone with “bullet wounds or suspicious nature” in their neighborhood to the police, Mrs. Onovwakpoyeya said.
Mr. Olayele explained that the reporting of people with bullet wounds would help the police in the state arrest the assailants who were on the run.
Like other states in southeastern Nigeria, security has deteriorated in Ebonyi state with frequent attacks by armed men.
Attacks often target security agencies, government officials, and facilities.
The last attack happened just two days after that gunmen killed a police inspector At a checkpoint in Abakaliki, the state capital.
About two months ago, the gunmen die Ogbonnaya Ugwu, Councilor representing Echara Ward 2 in Okposi community, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state.
In late January, gunmen attacked security operatives at a checkpoint on the Enugu/Abakaliki highway, to die injuring at least three policemen and others.
At the beginning of January, the gunmen shot dead Wife of the Commander of the Ebubeagu Security Outfit in Afikpo-South Local Government Area of the State.
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The Nigerian government has denounced the illegals Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) for being responsible for deadly attacks in the region. But the group has repeatedly denied having participated in the attacks.
IPOB is leading the agitation for an independent state of Biafra, and wants to carve out parts of South-East and South-South Nigeria.
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