‘Two of the Police operatives were killed, while one is currently receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital’
By Nweze Anaga,
Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the attack and killing of two operatives of the command on patrol by hoodlums at Nwofe Road in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Friday November 17, 2023.
It stated that the hoodlums, suspected to be members of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) loyal to Simon Ekpa, carried out the dastardly act with a tinted Toyota Highlander vehicle without registration number.
The Command made the confirmation in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, SP Onome Onovewakpoyey, at the weekend.
Though it did not mention the victims’, it said that the incident occurred around 8:30am on Friday November 17, 2023.
The statement explained that two of the Police operatives were killed, while one is currently receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
The full statement:
“Today 17/11/2023 at about 08:30am,
operatives of the Command on patrol at Nwofe road at the outskirt of Abakaliki were attacked by armed hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ESN members using a tinted Highlander vehicle with registration number unknown.
“Two (2) of the operatives were fatally wounded, while one (1) is currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Augustina Ogbodo, psc, on receiving the distress call immediately dispatched Tactical teams to the scene, who equally swung into action by giving the hoodlums a hot chase but the hoodlums escaped.
“The Commissioner of Police also visited the scene of the incident with her management team for on-the-spot assessment.
“She is using this medium to call on well meaning individuals of the state to avail the Command with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing hoodlums while assuring them of round the clock visibility patrol of the nooks and crannies of the state.”