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Police kill unknown gunmen’s driver during shootout

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…Rescue kidnap victim from car boot, recover 2 vehicles

OPERATIVES of the Anambra State Police Command, on Sunday, gunned down a driver conveying a squad of unknown gunmen in Uli, Ihiala Local Government Area of the State.

  The Spokesperson of the command, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu revealed this in a statement, and disclosed that they also recovered assorted charms and a Honda Odyssey salon car with the registration number: WER 221 ZS-IMO at the scene.

  He explained that the operatives, at a nipping point along Onitsha—Owerri Road, Uli, repelled an attack by the gunmen, which forced them to apply one-way and start shooting sporadically, approaching the personnel at the nipping point; hence police engaged them in a heavy shootout.

  This, he said, led to demobilisation of the gunmen’s operational vehicle, and neutralisation of their driver, while other members of the squad escaped through the nearby bushes.

  While noting that no life was lost on the part of the police, DSP Tochukwu also explained that operation is still ongoing in the area.

  Also, officers of the Anambra State Police Command have rescued a kidnap victim from his abduction, few hours after they whisked away.

  According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, the rescue operation happened on Saturday, along Ezinifite Road in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

  He explained that the victim was abducted at Nwanchi Village, Agulu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of the of the state, after which they forced him victim into the booth of his ‘Lexus’ and took off.

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  Ikenga further said that upon receiving the reports, police intensified patrols and restrategised on operational positioning within the area, which made the hoodlums abandon the victim, his vehicle, and their own vehicle and fled. He also noted that the two vehicles recovered are Lexus 350 Salon with Registration number: EPE 316 HE, and Ford SUV with the Registration Number GGE 769 FT.

  According to him, operation is still ongoing in the area to ensure the arrest of the kidnappers.

  “The state Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng assured that the confidence reposed in the police on protection of lives and properties, maintenance of law and order will never be taken for granted,” Ikenga added.

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