Huge Tragedy as Gunmen Kill 3 Policemen on Duty Post in Southeast State

Huge Tragedy as Gunmen Kill 3 Policemen on Duty Post in Southeast State

  • Enugu residents have been thrown into panic following a recent attack at a police checkpoint in the state
  • This is as daredevil gunmen stormed a police checkpoint along Upper Chime Avenue, New Haven, Enugu, the state capital and shot at three policemen in the area
  • Reacting, the Enugu state police command has launched a manhunt for the killers of the three police officers

There is tension in the air and the residents of New Haven and the Enugu metropolis on Thursday morning, September 8, were restless following the killing of three policemen in the area by gunmen.

According to The Nation, the sad incident occurred around 10.30pm on Wednesday, September 7, at Block Bus stop, New Haven in front of a popular supermarket. Eyewitnesses said the shootings lasted less than one minute.

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Enugu state police command, New Haven axis, gunmen
Police react as gunmen kill three officers in Enugu state. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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New Haven axis of the metropolis is the busiest area in town where commercial activities are recorded daily beyond midnight.

The shootings, it was learned, shut down night activities in New Haven as many residents started alerting friends and families to avoid going towards the area.

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Eyewitness gives account

A resident told the newspaper that he suspected that the assailants came in Lexus RX 330.

He said:

“I heard serious shootings from afar toward that police checkpoint at Kilimanjaro round about.
"Immediately after the shootings, we saw the Lexus zoom past. All of us simply said that the gunmen must have been the ones in the vehicle. Many people were too afraid to go and check what it was like.
“It was much later that some guys went there to see the policemen lying dead inside the gutters.”

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Police react

Confirming the incident, Enugu police spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, said the command was on the trail of the suspects, The New Telegraph report added.

He said the deceased policemen were on a moving patrol van when the assailants suddenly opened fire on them.

Ndukwe added that three of the officers sustained severe gunshot wounds but were later confirmed dead in the hospital.

Unknown gunmen set ablaze several houses, shops in Imo state

In another report, gunmen on Thursday, August 25 set ablaze houses, shops in some parts of Izombe in the Oguta local government area of Imo state.

An eyewitness who spoke to Vanguard newspaper from the area said the incident started happening from 4:30 pm till 7:30 pm.

Some of the locations where the attacks took place include; Central market, Amamuruegede, Eziama, Umuakpa, and Eke-well among others.

Policeman kills two gunmen who attacked his residence in Imo state

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Recall that two gunmen were killed on Thursday, August 4, by a police inspector when they attacked his residence in Orogwe, a community in Owerri West local government area of Imo state.

The spokesman of the Imo state police command, Michael Abattam, disclosed this in a statement seen by

Abattam said the gunmen jumped the perimeter fence into the inspector’s compound and destroyed his burglary-proof and front door, but the police inspector engaged them in a shootout.


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