Three suspected gunmen shot dead in Ebonyi

Ruth Oginyi

Three suspected gunmen Monday met their waterloo in the Isu, Onicha local government area of Ebonyi state.

They were killed by joint operatives of the Police, Military, and DSS in the state.

Reports have it that a police officer attached to Ebonyi State Police Command was killed by the suspected gunmen in Isu, Onicha.

SP Chris Anyanwu, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed this to journalists in Abakaliki on Monday evening.

Anyanwu explained that the three gunmen were killed in a shoot-out with the security agents.

According to him,  the items recovered from the gunmen as one AK-49 rifle breech number 1984-AM1196, one AK-47 rifle breech number 1971-DF2726, one AR rifle with illegible breach number, one hundred and forty-seven (147) rounds of AR ammunition, thirty-eight (38) rounds of AK-47 ammunition, one locally fabricated double-barrel pistol, two walkie-talkie sets, and their chargers, two charm-like substances, one hospital card, one Diamond bank ATM card, two National ID cards, one Techno phone battery, and other incriminating items.

He urged residents of the state to always provide useful information about the hoodlums to the police and on time so that the state will be safe.

“joint operation of the Ebonyi State Police Command Tactical Operation Teams, the Military, and DSS embarked on an operation this day, 31/05/2022 to dislodge criminals hibernating at the main camp of Eastern Security Network (ESN) within Onicha Isu LGA of Ebonyi State.

“This was sequel to an attack on a Police patrol team yesterday evening during which a Police officer was murdered in cold blood by the hoodlums.

“Based on intelligence at the Police Command’s disposal, the hoodlums were trailed to a camp at Isu Onicha.  While surveying the one-way route into the camp, the combined security forces were ambushed by the hoodlums who rained sporadic bullet shots in their direction.

“In a swift and spontaneous response, the joint team engaged the hoodlums in a counter-firing that lasted over 30minutes and neutralized them. As a result of the superior firing power of the joint team, some of the hoodlums with bullet wounds scampered for escape in different directions.

“The team later combed the bush and recovered two AK rifles with a few rounds of their ammunition and three corpses of the assailants. The team made their way to the main enclave of the miscreants and after a thorough ransacking,  recovered more exhibit

In another development, Anyanwu said the command’s crack squad, in two separate operations, swooped on the shrine/residence of two notorious native doctors in Okpera Osege in Ndufu Echara Ikwo, Ikwo local government area of the state and arrested Itumo Omukwor, 63,  and Irem Nwaduma, 50,

One locally fabricated pistol, one revolver pump action gun with two cartridges, and substances believed to be charms were recovered from them.

“The duo are arrested in connection to the incessant attacks on Police formations/personnel and government establishments as well as preparing their cohorts with charms when going for such dastardly attacks.

“The Police Command advises all medical practitioners and hospital operators to report any case of patients with bullet injuries to the police for necessary actions”.

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