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Gunmen kill three policemen, former commissioner, others in Enugu



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From Kosi Chukwuagolum

It was a scary scene in Enugu as unknown gunmen struck, killing three police officers, a former commissioner and two others.

National Light gathered that the three policemen were shot dead at Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Council Headquarters of the state.

The unfortunate incident occurred at a roundabout, close to the Agbani Divisional Police Station, a short distance from the town’s main market.

It was also learnt that the policemen were on a stop-and-search duty on that spot and when the assailants sighted them, they immediately opened fire, which brought down the three security operatives.

The gunmen continued shooting sporadically into the air as they fled the scene scaring residents and traders, who took to their heels only to return to discover the victims’ lifeless bodies on the asphalted road.

In a similar event, a former Commissioner for Rural Development in the state and erstwhile chairman of Oji-River Local Council, Chief Gabriel Onuzulike and his elder brother, were killed at their Nkpokolo-Achi hometown by gunmen.

Both were said to be returning from a burial ceremony when they were pursued by the gunmen who were said to have waylaid and pummeled bullets into them.

Enugu State Police Command revealed that two of the assistants who came from the neighbouring Anambra State were intercepted and neutralised by a joint police and army team following a distress call.

Enugu Police Command PRO, Daniel Ndukwe, who gave an update on the incident said: “Pending the receipt of a detailed report, kindly be informed that preliminary report reveals that two of the assailants, said to have infiltrated into Oji-River from neighbouring Anambra State community, in the evening of 18/11/2022, that attacked and murdered one Gabriel Onuzulike (identified as former Chairman of Oji-River Local Council and Commissioner in Enugu State Government) and his brother at Nkpokolo-Achi in Oji-River Local Council, were neutralised by a joint police and army team, who swiftly responded to a distress call on the incident, and intercepted the hoodlums at Inyi community of the same council, as they were escaping into Anambra State.

“The team recovered an AK-47 rifle with two magazines loaded with ammunition, while a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep belonging to the victims, a Toyota Camry car the assailants attempted to snatch from another victim, and a RAV4 Jeep they used for the heinous criminal operation, among other incriminating items, were also recovered.”

“Meanwhile, manhunt of the assailants, many of whom escaped into a nearby forest with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gun duel, as a result of the superior firepower of the joint team, is still ongoing. Further development will be communicated, please.”

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