One dead, others injured as gunmen attack police checkpoint in Ebonyi

Police in Ebonyi state Wednesday killed a man yet to be Identified as gunmen attacked a check point at a popular G. Hostel junction, Abakaliki.

A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Chris Anyawu confirmed the death of a member of the gunmen that attacked the policemen on duty same wednesday afternoon.

The statement reads, “At about 1530hrs of date (17/08/2022), a team of patrol men attached to B’ Division, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki were attacked while on stop-and-search operation along Enugu road, by a gang of hoodlums operating in a Sienna space bus and a power bike.

“The hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB/ESN were heading towards the direction of Enugu and on coming across the police patrol team, fired gun-shots sporadically at them with the aim of killing and taking up their arms.

“Luckily, the men who were at alert and well-positioned, promptly rose to the occasion and fired back at the hoodlums. One of them yet to be identified, was demobilised and arrested while several others escaped with bullet injuries. The arrested one was taken to FETHA 2 where he later gave up the ghost. The following items were recovered from the deceased hoodlum: one cut-to-size AK 47 rifle, one matchet, charms, a pocket Bible with charms pinned at the book of Psalms, Chapter 91.

“Two police men who sustained injuries are responding to treatment.

“The escaping hoodlums are being trailled by operatives of the Command.

“Further developments will be made public in due course, please”.

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