Two police officers and three vigilante members killed by unknown gunmen in Enugu

Two police officers and three members of the Neighbourhood Watch Group in Enugu state have been murdered by unknown gunmen in Igga Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area on Friday evening, May 3.

A statement released by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, says on the said day, a combined security team of three (3) policemen and four (4) Neighbourhood Watch Group provided security for a team of visiting investors from Lagos on a tour of a proposed agricultural investment site in the area. He said the team was ambushed and attacked by a large group of the criminal elements, who opened fire on them.

‘’Upon the unprovoked sudden attack, members of the team scampered for safety, while an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who led the team, one Neighbourhood Watch personnel, and the three (3) member team of investors were later rescued by a policemen team that immediately mobilized to the crime scene. But the eventually murdered members of the team went missing and unaccounted for.

However, in the course of a full-scale investigation and a search and manhunt operation launched thereafter, three (3) males suspected to have masterminded the attack were arrested. Their revelations during interrogation led to the discovery and recovery of the slain policemen and Neighborhood Watch Group members in the forest on May 4, 2024. Their lifeless bodies were taken to the hospital, confirmed dead by doctors, and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.” Ndukwe said

The police spokesperson added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, has described the unprovoked criminal act of the gruesome murder of the personnel as inconceivable, dastardly, and unwarranted and has ordered further deployment of the Command’s intelligence and operational resources to sustain the manhunt of the fleeing criminals, stressing that the Police will stop at nothing to fish out and bring the perpetrators of the senseless act to book.

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