Updated: Jul 26, 2021
Four Policemen, Others Killed As Gunmen Attack Checkpoint In Enugu
By Mijovia News, July 23, 2021.
Nigeria policemen has went on rampage in Enugu killing passersby, after an attack on them by some unidentified armed men at a checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi Community in the Enugu South Local Government Area. Four policemen died in the attack.
Mijovia News gathered that the police vehicle was burnt by the attackers after subduing the policemen.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which started at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu, lasted till 7 pm.
A source, who craved anonymity, said he identified four policemen, who died during the attack. Their bodies have been taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
The source said: “The gun battle between the policemen and the unknown gunmen was too heavy.
“The entire area was thrown into confusion as everybody within the scene scampered for safety.
“We have not experienced this type of incident in this area. It happened along Obeagu–Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu a few kilometres from Enugu State capital.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident but was silent on the number of casualties.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA is still sketchy.”
He said preliminary investigation had commenced, assuring that further development would be communicated.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, yesterday, offered automatic employment to the wives of the slain police officers.
Ugwuanyi also paid three-month salaries of their late husbands including other cash donations.
The governor announced the employment offer when he paid condolence visits to families of some of the slain police officers.
He, however, said the employment offer could be swapped for scholarship for their children up to secondary school.