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Again, gunmen kill two policemen, burn vehicle in Anambra

By Guardian Nigeria
21 December 2021   |   3:12 am
Unknown gunmen have, again, reportedly attacked a police checkpoint at the Obosi Interchange along the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway in Anambra State, killing two policemen and burning one patrol van.

[FILES] Gunmen

Unknown gunmen have, again, reportedly attacked a police checkpoint at the Obosi Interchange along the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway in Anambra State, killing two policemen and burning one patrol van.

An eyewitness said no fewer than 10 policemen were at the checkpoint at the time of the incident, adding that there was pandemonium during the incident, forcing the police officers to flee the scene, a situation that cleared the checkpoint immediately.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that before the attack, traffic gridlock in the area was almost stretching to over two kilometers.

The eyewitness said: “The traffic almost got to Upper Iweka Junction and at a point, it became a no movement situation on both lanes of the road. “I was in the traffic when we suddenly heard gunshots and before you knew it, everybody, including the policemen, started running. They shot two policemen dead and burnt their vehicle.
 
“The place was brutal yesterday. I think their targets were the policemen who mounted a checkpoint, which caused a horrific traffic situation on both lanes, made worse by the ongoing road construction in the area.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed that two policemen were killed in the incident.

“What happened along the Obosi-Idemili flyover is an example of the price we pay as police officers in service to the nation and humanity.

“Three of the armed men were demobilised, while two police personnel were killed. The police also recovered the rifles of the slain officers. A Lexus SUV, one of the operational vehicles of the hoodlums was also recovered. The operation is still ongoing. Further details shall be communicated.

“The Anambra State Police Command is firm and the personnel are more motivated in providing security services until the current security concern is reduced and overcome,” he said.

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