Did American Citizens Die in Gunmen’s Attack on US Convoy in Anambra? Police Open Up

Did American Citizens Die in Gunmen’s Attack on US Convoy in Anambra? Police Open Up

  • The police said no US citizen was killed in the deadly gunmen attack that was recorded in Anambra state on Tuesday, May 16
  • Commissioner of Police (CP) in Anambra state, Echeng Echeng said seven persons were gunned down by the assailants
  • Echeng also disclosed that two other officials of the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria are yet to be found, noting that security operatives are determined to find the criminals

Ogbaru, Anambra state - The Anambra state police command has said that no citizen of the United States of America (USA) was among the seven persons murdered when America's consulate convoy was attacked on Tuesday, May 16.

Legit ng's regional reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon noted that the attack occurred along Atani/Osamela, in Ogbaru local government area of the state.

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Five male officials of the US consulate and four armed mobile police were killed on Tuesday, May 17, in Anambra state. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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According to This Day Newspaper, speaking on Thursday, May 18, during a press conference in Awka, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Anambra state, Echeng Echeng, said the causalities include Jefferson Obayuwane (RTD DSS personnel), Sunday Prince Ubong, Ekene Nweke, Hassan Etila, and Avwuvie Kaye Monday.

Others are Bukar Kabuiki (Police), Emmanuel Lukpata (Police), Friday Morgan Police), and Adamu Andrew (Police).

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Echeng said:

"Investigation conducted by the command, following the incident, revealed that five male officials of the USA consulate and four armed mobile police escorted from Lagos on a mission to assess the impact of erosion in Ogbaru LGA were travelling in a convoy of two vehicles, when they suddenly came under attack by armed men, who targeted them with gunfire and set their vehicles ablaze."

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The police boss added:

"Regrettably, 7 persons, including three of the consulate officials and 4 mobile police escorts were murdered during the attack, while two other officials of the consulate are yet to be found. No USA citizen was among the casualties."

Furthermore, the CP revealed that two persons have been arrested in connection with the deadly attack.

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Police sources said the attack happened at about 3:30 pm.

It was further gathered that the assailants set the deceased bodies and their vehicles on fire after murdering the victims.

The slain officials were on a humanitarian mission and plying through the said area.

US speaks on Anambra horror

Legit.ng earlier reported that the White House has reacted to the killing and burning of the United States Embassy staff in Anambra, Nigeria, on Tuesday, May 16.

Reacting to the development at a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, May 17, John Kirby, the spokesperson of the United States National Security Council, confirmed the attack.

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Peter Obi reacts to Anambra attack

Legit.ng also reported that Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, condoled the families of the four people killed by gunmen in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state.

Obi bemoaned the fact that the deceased persons were murdered while rendering a charity job for Nigeria -- 'a country in need'.

Source: Legit.ng

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