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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Galant police officer kills two gunmen who attacked his residence in Imo

A gallant police officer has killed two gunmen who attacked his residence in Orogwe, a community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east.

This was disclosed by the police spokesperson in the state, Michael Abattam, in a statement on Thursday, August 4, 2022, but did not give the name of the officer.

He said the gunmen jumped the perimeter fence into the police inspector’s compound and destroyed his burglary-proof and front door, but the police inspector engaged them in a shootout.

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Abattam said the hoodlums fled the scene when they were overpowered by the inspector, but were given “a hot chase.”

“In the process, one of them was neutralised at the spot and others escaped into the surrounding bushes fatally injured,” he said.

The police spokesperson said the inspector quickly alerted the divisional police officer of Ogbaku Division, who deployed more operatives in the area.

“On arrival, they positioned themselves strategically and professionally, combed the surrounding bushes where a corpse, two locally made pistols and an identity card were recovered,” Mr Abattam said.

He said the recovered identity card belonged to one of the slain gunmen identified as Chukwuemezie Chukwu, an electrician, who hailed from Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state.

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It was gathered that the incident comes barely three days after gunmen invaded the community and killed seven security guards.

Abattam said the gunmen who attacked the inspector were the hoodlums that invaded and killed the seven security guards in the community on Monday.

“Coincidentally, the police inspector lives just a pole away from where the previous attack took place,” he said.

He said the bodies of the gunmen have been evacuated and deposited at the Federal Medical Center, Owerri.

He said the police were making “concerted efforts” to track down the fleeing suspects who escaped with bullet wounds.

The police spokesperson urged residents of the state to report to the police any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within their communities.

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