The Anambra Police Command says security operatives have killed five gunmen at the governor’s country house in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area. Chukwuma Soludo.
Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Awka.
He said the incident happened around 10:30am on Saturday, November 12, near the Afo-Uzo junction in Isuofia Community, when criminal elements opened fire on the joint police/military team during a checkpoint.
Mr. Ikenga said the security operatives also recovered a gray colored Toyota Venza jeep with Lagos registration number: KRD 344 BT.
He said that the situation has been brought under control and the security patrol has been increased in the area.
“The situation is under control after neutralizing five of the criminal elements and increasing police/military patrols,” he said.
The police spokesman said the operation took place at 10:30 am following an emergency call from the Afor-Uzo Isuofia Market area, that some miscreants had attacked a security checkpoint in the area.
“Joint Forces FOB Aguata quickly responded, engaged the miscreants in a gun duel and neutralized five of the gunmen, while others fled the scene with bullet injuries in a dark blue Lexus 470 jeep without registration,” he said.
Mr. Ikenga added that the state Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, while charging operatives to keep pace with the onslaught against criminal elements, ordered increased patrols and improved operational positioning to respond to emergency calls.
On the other hand, the State Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, in a statement praised the bravery of the security team for neutralizing the Isuofia gunmen.
“Our gallant and alert security operatives gave them a hot chase and immediately opened fire and neutralized five members of the gang in a fierce exchange of fire.
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“The Toyota Venza in which the deadly operation was launched was recovered,” he said.
Mr Nwosu assured the people of government of their commitment to their security, especially before, during and after the Yuletide season.
The information commissioner, therefore, provided the following telephone numbers for citizens to call in the event of a security threat in their areas.
The numbers are: 09017280990, 07039896429, 09167514891, 09076237441, 09168041120, 08093175528, 08124153139.(ID)
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