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Gunmen Kill Three In Imo As CP Fumes Over Attacks On Police Operatives

Residents of Akabor in Ikeduru local government area of Imo State were thrown into a state of shock as unknown gunmen shot and killed two mobile police officers and a civilian on Tuesday.

Residents who were at the scene of the incident said the gunmen came in a motorbike and ambushed the police officers who were on a stop-and-search operation at Akabor.

Confirming the tragic incident, the Command’s Spokesperson, Henry Okoye said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Aboki Danjuma has deployed the command’s Special Tactical Squad to go after the killers of the officers in synergy with other security agencies.

He revealed that the CP while consoling the families of the bereaved assured them that no stone would be left unturned in his quest to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.

He said: “The Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma has deployed the Command’s Special Tactical Squad and equipped them with the available operational resources and intelligence to go all out in synergy with other security agencies and clamp down on the hoodlums responsible for the unprovoked and unwarranted attack and killing of Police Mobile operatives conducting stop-and-search at Akabor in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State.

“The tragic incident was perpetrated in the early hours of 11/06/2024 by hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN) who attacked the operatives in their numbers firing sporadically. The operatives fought gallantly but unfortunately, two personnel and a civilian were fatally hit.

“In the wake of the tragic incident, the Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma alongside the DC Operations led Police Operatives to the scene of the crime for on-the-spot assessment of the incident.

“Intense operation is ongoing in the area for possible apprehension and prosecution of the fleeing hoodlums responsible for the senseless act of violence.

“More so, the Commissioner of Police has set up a high-powered investigation team and tasked them to carry out a comprehensive investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the attack. Meanwhile, the lifeless bodies of the affected officers and a civilian have been recovered and deposited in a mortuary for preservation.

“The ugly incident serves as a stark and painful reminder of the daily risk and sacrifices Police officers embrace in their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and properties of the good people of Imo State.”

While commiserating with the affected families on the death of their loved ones, the Commissioner of Police assured them that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the culprits are brought to book.

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