Thursday’s gunduel between gunmen and a police patrol squad resulted in the death of one policeman in Ebonyi State.In Ohaukwu Local Government Area, the incident took place near the Ngbo-Effium axis, which is prone to crises.
On Friday in the state capital of Abakaliki, police spokesperson Joshua Ukandu verified this in a statement.
According to him, “On 01/02/2024 at about 11:00 am, Operatives of the Command on patrol along Ngbo-Effium Road were attacked by armed hoodlums using an Ash coloured Toyota Sienna with registration number unknown.”
The operatives, he said, engaged the hoodlums and in the ensuing gun duel, one of the operatives was fatally wounded.
Ukandu noted that another policeman was wounded and receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Augustina Ogbodo immediately dispatched tactical teams of the command to the scene.
“The team are on the trail of the hoodlums. Meanwhile, calm and normalcy have been restored to the area”, he said.
“The CP is using this medium to call on well-meaning individuals of the State to avail the Command with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing hoodlums while assuring them of the command’s unwavering commitment to the protection of lives and properties in the State,”he added.