Gun Battle: Police kill 3 hoodlums, one officer injured in Imo

The Imo State Police operatives have killed three suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in a gun battle and one officer was injured in Agwa, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Michael Abattam, made this known to newsmen during the parade of some of the lifeless bodies of the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Owerri, on Thursday.

The police said the incident happened last Wednesday and that they moved into action, based on a distress call they received from the Agwa community that the community was under attack by hoodlums.

They said at first, the hoodlums attacked the office of the Agwa Central Vigilante group and as they were heading to attack the Agwa police station, on getting there the police tactical teams engaged them. The police killed three of the said hoodlums and one of the officers was injured. The police said three vehicles belonging to the hoodlums were recovered.

Also, the Police said they are still trailing other suspects who fled into the bushes with gunshot injuries.

On how it happened the police said: “Sequel to the command’s determination to curb the menace of terrorism in the state, today 18/01/2023 at about 1130hrs, in response to a distress call that, hoodlums suspected to be members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN) had attacked Agwa Central Vigilante Group, burning down their office and are proceeding to attack and set ablaze Agwa Police Station both in Oguta LGA of Imo State, the combatant Command’s Tactical Teams swiftly mobilized to the area.

“Having been informed that the hoodlums had cordoned the station, the police operatives tactically maneuvered their way into the station joined the operatives of the division, and professionally engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel, and in the process three of the hoodlums were neutralized while others scampered for safety into the adjoining bushes with various degrees of gunshot wounds, abandoning three of their operational vehicles.”

“The operatives on combing the bush, the following Items were recovered : (1) two (2) Pump Action guns, (2) two (2) Double Barrel guns, (3) twenty-four (24) rounds or live ammunition, (4) twelve (12) expended cartridges,(5) one (1) Improvised Explosive Device, (6) three (3) operational vehicles – one green colored Lexus 470GL, one black colored Toyota Highlander, one Oxblood colored minibus, (6) two (2) motorcycles, (7) one (1) iron box, (8) one (1) traveling bag and assorted charms.

“Investigation is in progress, the gallant operatives are not relenting in their efforts to arrest the fleeing members of the terrorist group. Meanwhile, one of the police operatives who sustained a minor bullet injury was rushed to the hospital for treatment and he is in a stable condition,” police said.

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