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Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen have left no fewer than three policemen at a checkpoint at Umunze in Orumba South local government area of Anambra State.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the gunmen drove to the Nsogwu area of the town and shot the policemen on duty.
As the policemen tried to escape into a nearby compound, the gunmen shot them, took their guns and uniforms, and escaped in a waiting car.
An eyewitness in the area said: ‘The worst has happened in Umunze just now. The security men at that checkpoint at Nsogwu have been attacked.’
‘Information has it that three of the officers were gunned down. Umunze is in a war zone now!’
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the state police command has swung into action to arrest the hoodlums.
Ikenga said: ‘It is an unfortunate incident and is part of the highest price security officers pay in serving the nation, but the police command is not deterred by this development.
‘The reinforcement teams are already in the area and the manhunt for the assailants is ongoing, while joint security patrols have been intensified in the area.’
In another report, The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that gunmen had on Wednesday beheaded an Assistant Superintendent of Police, simply identified as Linus, on East Street, Ndiegoro, Aba, Abia State.
The gunmen reportedly launched an attack on the police team at Tenant Road junction by East Street, at about 5am., yesterday.
The Eastern Updates gathered that on sighting the hoodlums, the policemen allegedly fled and, during an exchange of gunfire, the gunmen overpowered the ASP, popularly known as ‘Agbalagba’, and cut off his head.
According to eyewitnesses, the gang also made away with the dead policeman’s gun and uniform.