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Police intercept 753 ammunition in Ebonyi

Police intercept 753 ammunition in Ebonyi

One officer on duty was killed and another injured when some gunmen attacked the Abaomege Police Station in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State at night Saturday.


No group had claimed responsibility for the attack.


A reliable police source who did not want his name in print confirmed the attack saying some people armed with sophisticated weapons attacked the station.


Another source said the assailants wanted to enter the police station but could not, saying the mission was aborted due to the presence of some officers who were keeping vigil metres away from the station.

Police intercept 753 ammunition in Ebonyi
Police intercept 753 ammunition in Ebonyi

When contacted via phone, the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, did not confirm the attack but told our correspondent that he was in a meeting with Governor David Umahi.



Two weeks ago, some gunmen killed three police officers in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.


The incident happened along Nwezenyi road in Izzi Local Government Area.


The attackers, who pretended to be conducting a burial rally opened fire on the police officers who were on duty.


Before then, some gunmen using the same operational pattern opened fire on police officers at Umuoghara in Ezza North Local Government Area.


Of recent, several attacks have been launched on security operatives in Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo and Abia states, with police authorities pointing accusing fingers at IPOB.


The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, said operatives attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command, on Sunday intercepted 753 live ammunition of General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).


The ammunition was concealed in a sac being transported in a commercial vehicle from Abakaliki to Umuahia in Abia State.


According to Mba, the interception and recovery of the deadly ammunition was part of efforts by the Force to identify and crackdown on criminal networks and supply chains for weapons and ammunition in and around the country.


He said that investigations aimed at bringing to book all persons linked to the crimes were ongoing.


Mba also disclosed that following investigations into the foiled bank robbery on the Onueke branch of a commercial bank in Ebonyi State which occurred last week Tuesday, Police operatives led by the commissioner had on Thursday stormed the criminal hideout of suspects indicted in the investigations located at Oriuzo village in Ezza North Local Government Area.


He explained that the suspects on sighting the police squad opened fire on them.



‘‘The Police team engaged them gallantly and professionally. At the end, three members of the gang including two male and one female met their waterloo following bullet injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire. Other suspects fled in different directions.


‘‘Two Ak47 riffles, five pump action guns, six pistols, fifty Ak47 ammunition, one hundred and twenty-six cartridges, Jack knives, cutlasses, and a 40-page notebook containing inventories of ammunition purchased by the gang were recovered.”


Governor Umahi, had on Wednesday, April 28, said that IPOB members were not responsible for most of the numerous attacks in parts of Ebonyi.


He added that the hoodlums hide under the umbrella of IPOB to carry out their evil attacks.



“We are aware that there are some killings over the weekend; a policeman was killed, two army men were killed and I think one civilian and their killers are pure bandits.


“They do these killings and put it in social media that they are members of IPOB or ESN. Without standing for either IPOB or ESN, but they continue to deny that they are not into violence but for me, criminality is criminality and I have directed security agencies to crack down on all criminal activities in the state.

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