The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday, April 23, ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of those who attacked and killed some police officers in Cross River state on April 17.
The IGP gave the order in a statement made available by Frank Mba, the force spokesperson, who described the killing of the officers as the unprovoked and gruesome.
Mba said the police officers were on a legitimate mission to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in a community in Cross River state when they were attacked at Ogoja community.
The statement said the attack was masterminded and executed by one Ikenga, an alleged notorious receiver of stolen property, and his gang members.
“Four police officers attached to IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep matchet cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
“The detectives (the victims of the savage attack) were investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a pentecostal church based in Lagos,” the statement said adding that the officers had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four male suspects whose names were given as Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson and who made useful confessions.
It added that further investigation had shown that the car was sold to Ikenga, who was later apprehended and the car recovered
“However, in a bizarre twist, shortly after his arrest, the suspect raised an alarm in his native language which attracted his gang members. Subsequently, the policemen came under serious physical attack from weapon- wielding hoodlums.
“The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs. Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen venue,” the statement said adding that the IGP had condemned the act.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a breakdown of order was reported after police officers opened fire at a bus-stop in Ogun State, killing at least a young man and wounding unknown number of others.
The shooting occurred at Iyana Coker area of Ifo, a market community on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
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