POLICE

…CP orders sustained manhunt and arrest of hoodlums

Juliana Francis

The Enugu State Police Command has recovered a vehicle used by assailants to attack some police personnel, said the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police Daniel Ndukwe.

According to Ndukwe, the vehicle was with bloodstains and bullet piercings. The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, has ordered a manhunt and arrest of the fleeing hoodlums.

Police Operatives serving in Uwani Police Division of Enugu State Command, while on routine stop and search duty at Osadebe Street, along Campus Gate Road, by Kenyatta Market Enugu, on 26th of March 2023, at about 11: 30am, were attacked by armed hoodlums in their numbers.

The PPRO said that the hoodlums, who were operating in SUVs, suddenly opened fire on them.

Ndukwe said that many of the hoodlums escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries in the ensuing gun duel, while two of the Operatives, who sustained severe gunshot injuries, were moved to the hospital, where they were confirmed dead, and their corpses deposited in the mortuary for preservation.

He said: “Consequently, the manhunt of the assailants, which was immediately launched, resulted in the miscreants abandoning the black-coloured Mercedes Benz ML 350 4Matic Jeep they used for the operation along Enugu/Port-Harcourt Road, Enugu. The vehicle, riddled with gunshots and blood stains, has been recovered.

“The recovery of the vehicle and the signs thereof corroborate the preliminary investigation, which suggests that at least two of the hoodlums were neutralized. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, has ordered Tactical/Operational Operatives of the Command to sustain the ongoing manhunt operation, warning that anything short of fishing out and bringing the assailants to book, to assuage the unfortunate loss of the two Operatives, will not be accepted.

“The CP, therefore, urges citizens of the State and the general public to assist the Command with useful information that will aid the speedy arrest of the suspects, while calling on them and owners of medical facility in particular, to report any person or persons, dead or alive, sighted with gunshots injuries to the Police.”

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