Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Nigeria Police, Enugu State Command, has confirmed the killing of four hoodlums who were attempting to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the state.
In a statement issued in Enugu, signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the police said the criminals were dislodged by the Force’s tactical Operatives while carrying out their criminal activities.
According to him: “Further to the earlier report on Police Operatives serving in Awkunanaw Division of the Command, dislodging armed subversive criminal elements, who attempted to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order, in the early hours of today, 07/07/2023, a combined team of tactical Police Operatives of the Command have further discovered and recovered the lifeless bodies of four (4) of the male hoodlums, in a forest behind G. Ede Filling Station/7-Up, at Awkunanaw, Enugu, where they escaped into.”
“Recall that the Operatives intercepted the criminals at One-Day, Awkunanaw, Enugu, as they were snatching an ENTRACO branded Sharon minivan from its driver at gunpoint.
“They engaged the Operatives in a gun duel, but escaped with varying degrees of fatal gunshot wounds, due to the superior firepower of the Operatives.
“Hence, a manhunt operation was launched by the combined team, while a thorough search conducted on the vehicle led to the recovery of one (1) AK-47 rifle with a magazine loaded with nineteen (19) live ammunition of 7.62 calibres, two (2) bottles of petrol bomb and other incriminating exhibits.”
Ndukwe said that following the development, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ahmed Ammani, had reassured that: “the Police and other Security Forces in the State would not relent in their efforts to maintain maximum security and safety of the law-abiding citizens, as they go about their lawful businesses.
“He, however, solicits their continued support.”