- Unknown gunmen struck in Abia state on Monday, March 22, and killed three policemen
- Not done, the gunmen also carted the rifle of the policemen and eloped
- The deputy governor of the state visited the area to access the situation
Daily Trust is reporting that gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in Agu Eze, Abiriba in Ohafia local government area of Abia state, killing three policemen.
According to the report, the dead officers were identified as Inspector Austin Ugwu, Inspector Longinus Ugochukwu, and PC Ama Ifeanyi.
The Nation reports that the policemen were ambushed and murdered while their rifles were carted away by the unknown gunmen.
The deputy governor of Abia state, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, who in the company of security agents, visited the community, assured residents that the state government will deploy all necessary resources available to ensure their protection.
Vanguard reports that Oko Chukwu said the state government will deploy all necessary resources available to it to ensure the protection of the people and all law-abiding citizens.
He called for community vigilance and support to security agents to ensure that the perpetrators are quickly identified and brought to justice.
“We call on you to maintain vigilance in order to fish out criminals and hoodlums who may want to come here to attack innocent people as they go about their legitimate businesses.
“Government will give you all the necessary support and we have spoken to the security authorities to avoid indiscriminate arrests but ensure a painstaking investigation that will ensure that only those responsible for the dastardly act are brought to justice as quickly as possible.”
Meanwhile, there are indications that the House of Representatives may soon pass a Bill for Act, to permit Nigerians from the age of eighteen, to carry arms for self-defence.
A Bill to that effect, entitled: “Firearms Amendment Bill,” has already been sponsored by Honourable Adejoro Adeogun.
Adeogun is representing Akoko South East/Akoko southwest constituency of Ondo state in the green chambers.
In a related development, as Nigeria continues to witness widespread insecurity, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, recently held a special prayer walk across the world over the issue.
Addressing journalists during the procession in Abuja, Pastor Tunde Benjamins-Laniyi, the pastor-in-charge of the Throne Room parish, said the prayer intercession was a mandate from God, adding that it was also taking place in the over 40,000 parish churches of the RCCG in 198 nations across the world.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.