- The police in Anambra said some hoodlums tried to prevent police operatives from arresting fleeing criminals in the city
- The state police spokesperson said the hoodlums also attempted disarming a policeman, leading to a clash with the operatives
- One person died while seven others sustained injuries during the clash, the police confirmed
The Anambra police command on Tuesday, August 13, confirmed that one person died while seven others sustained injuries when hoodlums tried to prevent its operatives from arresting fleeing criminals in Onitsha metropolis.
The state police public relations officer, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the casualty figures, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred at about 1pm at Obosi New Park, Onitsha.
“There was an intelligence report that some suspects, who escaped from custody, were seen at that place and the police mobilised and went there to make arrests.
“They were, however, stopped by some hoodlums who attempted to disarm a policeman.
“The policeman tried to liberate himself from them, but they refused. So he had to use his fire arm and unfortunately, it hit one of them.
“The victim was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead,” Mohammed said.
NAN reports that the hoodlums, who became angry at the death of the man, went on rampage, blocking the Onitsha-Owerri road.
Although their activities disrupted vehicular movement for about 45 minutes, it took the intervention of reinforced police team and the local security guards to disperse the rampaging hoodlums.
“So far the area is calm and the commissioner of police has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident,” Mohammed added.
The police spokesman declined comment on whether the wanted criminals were later arrested.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an angry mob on Saturday, August 10, allegedly lynched an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Area M Command for allegedly shooting a pregnant woman simply identified as Biliki.
The incident happened at Agbole area of Ijegun in Egbe-Idimu local council development area on Saturday afternoon.
It was also gathered that two other policemen sustained various injuries and ran to the palace of the Ijegun monarch for safety.
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