Gunmen attack bullion van in Ebonyi, kill four policemen

Gunmen attack bullion van in Ebonyi, kill four policemen

- Four police officers have reportedly lost their lives in a failed robbery attempt in Ebonyi state

- The police officers were escorting a bullion van when the robbers fired at them

- The police commissioner in Ebonyi state confirmed the incident, adding that two of the escort who sustained injuries have been taken to the hospital

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Gunmen have killed four policemen escorting a bullion van in Ebonyi, according to a report by The Nation.

The newspaper reports that the gunmen tried to intercept the van at Ezzamgbo junction, in Ohaukwu local government area.

Legit.ng gathers that the van was transporting money from Enugu to Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.

The armed robbers, it was also learnt, fired at the escort van carrying the policemen.

Four of the police officers were allegedly killed immediately while two sustained carrying degrees of injuries.

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Gunmen attack bullion van in Ebonyi, kill four policemen

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The incident has also been reportedly confirmed by the state's police commissioner, Philip Maku.

According to him, the robbers trailed the van from Enugu state.

He said the robbers were not able to loot the van as the driver managed to outmanoeuvre it out of the area.

“They damaged one of the tires of the bullion van but the driver was able to escape with the van.

“They could not give chase to the van as the driver was driving towards the military checkpoint ahead.”

The CP said the two injured policemen have been taken to hospital for treatment while the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary.

Maku said the Police have launched a manhunt for the fleeing robbers.

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Meanwhile, Thirty-five (35) suspects involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes across the country have been arrested by the police.

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A statement by the Nigeria police indicates that the arrests were made by the operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Some of the notable suspects include a criminally minded pastor, Adetokumbo Adenopo, a 52-year-old man and founder and general overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun state.

The police also arrested three other members of the pastor's gang. The pastor confessed that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.

One of his victims, an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped while on official duty to deliver goods.

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