In Anambra state, two officers were killed during a gunman ambush, but other officers found war weapons that had been stashed by the alleged criminal elements.
Ikenga Tochukwu, the state’s police spokesman, revealed that a six-person police squad and a civilian automobile tracker who were on a recovery operation were ambushed by criminals in the state.
This followed the forced robbery of a Toyota Sienna Space Wagon car.
Ikenga said that the group of six police officers were pursuing armed individuals who had stolen a Toyota Sienna space wagon in Oye-Agu Abagana when they came upon an ambush.
Another civilian, who was tracking the car alongside the police team, was also killed.
He, however, added that a counter-offensive operation carried out by a joint team of security operatives, on Friday, led to the recovery of weapons and other items from hideouts in Amukabia forest, Achalla in Awka north LGA of Anambra state.
He listed the items recovered to include “a human skull, one locally-made rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, two RPG bombs, one single-barrel shotgun, one Toyota Sienna, one Mercedes Benz 4matic SUV, a huge quantity of drugs, a police beret, and a police belt”.
Four of the police operatives escaped the ambush, while two police operatives and the civilian tracker were captured and killed by the criminals.
“The Anambra police Command, Friday, 15/07/2022, _recovered a human skull, one locally made rocket propelled grande RPG launcher, two (RPG) bombs, one single- barrel long gun.
“Others are empty chain of bullet, one Toyota Sienna, one Mercedes Benz Formatic jeep, two cylinders, a huge quantity of hard drugs and other items.
“Also recovered included a police beret and a police belt, in a criminal den at Amukabia, Achalla, Awka south LGA in Anambra state.
“The police operatives, during the counter offensive operation, neutralized some of the armed men and destroyed three of their camps.
“Unfortunately, some of the hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds, having already murdered their captives and set their bodies ablaze.
“The remains of the two murdered police officers and the civilian tracker have been recovered and deposited in a morgue, while police operation is still ongoing in the area to track the fleeing gang members.”