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2 police operatives, 3 others killed in Enugu


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Police authorities in Enugu State have arrested three suspects for the alleged murder of two police officers and three Neighbourhood Watch Group members in an ambush within the Igga community in Uzo-Uwani local government area.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Monday that the “unprovoked, unwarranted attack and gruesome murder” of five security operatives was carried out by harboured criminal members of the community last Friday evening.

He further stated that on the same date, a combined security team of three policemen and four Neighbourhood Watch Group provided security for a team of visiting investors from Lagos on a tour of a proposed agricultural investment site.

“However, the team was ambushed and attacked by a large group of the criminal elements, who opened fire on them,” said the police image maker.

He said the police team mobilised to the scene and rescued an assistant superintendent of police, a neighbourhood watch operative and three investor team members.

“But the eventually murdered members of the team went missing and unaccounted for.

“However, in the course of a full-scale investigation, a search and manhunt operation launched thereafter, three males suspected to have masterminded the attack were arrested.

“Their revelations during interrogation led to the discovery and recovery of the slain two policemen and three neighbourhood watch group members in the forest on May 4, 2024,” he said.

Ndukwe said their lifeless bodies were taken to the hospital, where it was confirmed dead by doctors.

Also, he said the bodies have been deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

He added that the state commissioner of police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, described the murder of the security personnel as inconceivable, cruel and unwarranted.

“The commissioner has also advised members of the Igga community, particularly the criminal elements directly involved in the unthinkable and wanton act of murdering serving police officers and others, to voluntarily surrender themselves to the police without delay,” he added.



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