Tension in Imo, Kogi, Ekiti as gunmen go haywire

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Gunmen invade Imo police station, kill 4 officers, Okada rider

…As officers incapacitate state heist ringleader Shina Rambo

Of Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

armed men invaded Agwa Divisional Police Station in Oguta Local Government Area of ​​Imo State on Friday night killing four duty officers and a commercial motorcyclist, whose wife was also shot dead and is found in critical condition in hospital.

This follows Imo State Police Command’s announcement of the murder of a notorious robbery ringleader, Osita Ogbuiri, popularly known as ‘Shina Rambo’ of Mmahu in the area. of Ohaji/Egbema local government in the state during the penultimate week.

Ogbuiri, an escapee from Imo prison, according to a statement by state police spokesman Michael Abattam, has also been involved in various criminal activities in the state, including kidnappings.

He said he was also the leader of a murderous sectarian group known as “De-gbam”, terrorizing the Ohaji/Egbema neighborhood.

Police say the notorious criminal was arrested after an intelligence report, which led officers to his hideout with his gang in Utuma/Ukwa, a border between Abia and Cross River states, and was later killed in a gun duel when his gang engaged. the police.

Meanwhile, State Police Commissioner Mohammed Barde said the notorious bandit’s corpse had been deposited at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Owerri, noting that concerted efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gangs in general.

Narrating what happened at Agwa Police Station, a community source who does not want his name printed told the Sunday Sun that the incident which happened between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. saw the armed men who came with three vehicles burst into the station premises, firing sporadically.

“They arrived in a dumpster and two Sienna vehicles, firing indiscriminately and we all ran into our homes. It was around 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. It was this morning that we learned that they were criminals and they attacked the police division, killed four policemen and set fire to the vehicles.

Another source also said: “I was already inside when I started to hear the sounds of gunfire. I didn’t bother going out as it was safer to stay inside than to go out. It was this morning that we learned that the divisional police headquarters in Agwa had been attacked. Four policemen were killed. Two policemen were shot while two policewomen were burned to death.

The sources said the gunmen, after wreaking havoc at the station, went to the home of a commercial motorcyclist and shot him and his wife, but luckily the woman did not die.

One of the officers killed, according to our source, was a new recruit, no more than two weeks on the job.

Confirming the incident in a statement released yesterday, Imo State Police Public Relations Officer Abattam alleged that members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were responsible for the attack.

He said: “On 05/8/2022 at around 11 p.m., thugs believed to be members of the Outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its affiliated militia, Eastern Security Network (ESN) attacked the police station of Agwa in number.

“The thugs who came in two vehicles and a dumpster, firing sporadically, used a dumpster to force open the gate to enter the station, launching improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and Molotov cocktails.

“The division’s police officers, joined by the command’s tactical teams, put up fierce resistance to the thugs, engaging them in a gunfight. The thugs who were fatally hit with many wounded on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles.

However, he added that the fire only hit a parked private car and a few motorbikes and was then pushed back, preventing it from causing further damage.

“Fortunately, the building was not hit. During the attack, two suspects in custody escaped, four policemen valiantly paid the ultimate price, while a gun has yet to be recovered. Meanwhile, the area has been fortified with enough police,” Abattam said.

…Security agents land in the community of Izombe, injure 10 people and raze property

Of George OnyejiuwaOwerri

The The community of Izombe in Oguta Local Government Area in Imo State lamented the invasion of their community which led to the burning and looting of shops as well as innocent people wounded by bullets and machetes.

It should be recalled that armed men believed to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (ESN) in the early hours of Saturday clashed with police at the headquarters of the Biafran Police Division. ‘Agwa in the council of Oguta.

But residents of Izombe accused the police of invading their community, saying it had nothing to do with what happened in Agwa community.

Pauly Igbokwe, who spoke out against the destruction of property in Izombe community, said, “Agwa, where this incident happened, is not close to Umuokwu, Izombe village.

“The Izombe villages that share borders with Agwa are Amakpuruedere and Amaudara, both in the Autonomous Community of Oboebor. Umuokwu and Ugbele, where police officers torched buildings and torched two vehicles, are in the autonomous communities of Aborshi and Umunwama respectively.

“In one of the burnt buildings is just opposite the Holy Family Catholic Church, Izombe, where Mrs. Anuli Nzeocha, a young widow of about 36 years old was in the church to attend the combined mass Saturday for CMO and CWO when she was informed that they set fire to her father’s building where his pharmacy was on fire. My question is: what role did she play in such a crime which took place in Agwa if really that was the reason?

He denounced the repeated invasion of the community of Izombe by security agents.

“It was in October last year that more than 150 buildings were completely burnt down and destroyed in Umuokwu, Umuorji and Ndioko, all in Aborshi Izombe, by soldiers following a dispute they had with village boys.

“Nothing has been done for the colossal damage suffered by innocent people, and a new attack is launched against Izombe,” he said.

Igbokwe said they were still at the Catholic Men’s Organization and Catholic Women’s Organization’s first combined mass on Saturday at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Izombe when they received calls about the attack. .

He called on the state government to investigate the repeated incidents of mass destruction of homes of innocent people in Izombe and put an end to it.

In addition, Sampson, a victim of the invasion, said at least 10 people were injured by gunshots and machetes and seven vehicles were burned when the combined team of police, army and Ebubeagu security agents stormed the community of Izombe.

He said: “The heavily armed team also destroyed and burned around four buildings and 18 well-stocked shops located in the Umuokwu and Ugbele Izombe trading communities on Saturday. I was inside the room when I started hearing gunshots and loud noises from the shopping section of our complex.

“My wife even saw the heavily armed security guards and they pointed a gun at her and ordered her inside.

“When their noise subsided, we went outside and noticed that the shops section of our house had been destroyed with seven vehicles set on fire in Ugbele village alone.”

Similarly, Uka revealed that Ethelbert Ozor, Simeon Onyekador and six other people were injured by gunshots and machete blows inflicted by the group at Ugbele.

They called on the state government to always scrutinize intelligence gathered and track those suspected of being involved in a crime and recover them rather than haphazardly destroying the homes of innocent people.

Tension in Ekiti community as gunmen kidnap 4-year-old boy, father of machetes

Of Priscilla EdiareTeen-Ekiti

The Residents of Itaji/Ijelu-Ekiti are currently shrouded in fear following the abduction of a four-year-old boy, Oluwadarasimi Omojola, who was abducted on Friday evening.

The Owajumu of Omu-Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Ogundeyi, who confirmed the incident, said that “the boy was returning from Ayede-Ekiti with his father, Boluwaji Omojola, who managed to escape after being seriously wounded by the kidnappers; he is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Oba Ogundeyi added that “local security guards and hunters have since been mobilized to pursue the kidnappers in order to save the boy”.

When contacted, Ekiti Amotekun Corps State Commander Brigadier General Joe Komolafe (rtd) who confirmed the incident said: “The incident happened last night (Friday) My men and other security guards are in the bush looking for the kidnappers and rescuing the boy.

Kogi: Again bandits kill 1 Indian, their 2 police escorts, 2 shy employees, kidnap 3 others

Of Emmanuel AdeyemiLokoja

Ajaokuta The local government area of ​​Kogi State has again come under serious threat as gunmen suspected of being bandits attacked a vehicle carrying workers from West Africa Ceramic Company, Ajaokuta on Friday evening, killing six of between them and removing about three of them.

The workers killed include two Indian expats, two of their police escorts and two company drivers who were ambushed as they closed for work on Friday.

The attack in the area was the third in the past week, with three police officers and five vigilantes killed in the first incident as gunmen stormed the residence of a businessman in the heart of the town and her three children abducted in the second incident.

At the time of filing this report, the actual number of workers abducted by the gunmen and taken to the forest was unclear, nor were the names of the victims involved given.

However, Kogi State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Willy Aya, confirmed the incident in a statement, adding that State Police Commissioner Edward Egbuka, had traveled to the scene for an on-site assessment and also ordered the deployment. an additional mobile force and an anti-terrorist unit in the region.

The statement reads in part as follows: “In the meantime, two expatriates, two company drivers and two police inspectors died in the exchange of fire with the thugs, before the zone commander and a detachment soldiers from the area were reinforced at the scene of the incident, and the assailants fled.

“The CP ensures that the command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic actors to make the state a safe and secure place for everyone.

“He further instructed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to initiate investigations into the unfortunate incident in order to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the attack with a view to translating perpetrators in court. ”

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