Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
Gunmen struck again killing three police officers and injuring one at Oshiri Divisional Command, located in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The incident happened on Wednesday, barely 28 hours after gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi killing one policeman on Monday night.
Four police officers have so far been killed by hoodlums in the state within two days, and a total of three officers seriously injured during the attacks.
Police spokesperson, Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the attack in a statement.
She said: “Operatives of the command on stop and search duty at Oshiri Division were attacked by armed hoodlums. Sadly, three policemen lost their lives; one was injured and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
“Tactical teams were immediately drafted to the area to go after the hoodlums. Consequently, two of the hoodlums were neutralised, and others escaped with bullet wounds.”
According to the statement, items recovered from the hoodlums include a Lexus ES-350 model, a fabricated AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine with seven rounds of ammunition.
Others are: an SMG rifle and magazine with rounds of ammunition, a pack of hard drugs (SK), charms, juju drums, and chakra musical instruments for shrines.
The spokesperson appealed to the public to report anyone with bullet wounds or a suspicious character in order to apprehend those still at large.