Police kill two gunmen in Anambra, recover weapons and cars

Anambra State Police on Sunday said they killed two gunmen during different operations in Okija in the Ihiala local government area of ​​the state over the weekend.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ikenga Tochukwu revealed this in a statement made available to journalists in Awka, the state capital.

He said four automatic pumps, four vehicles, four motorcycles and other items were recovered from the suspects, adding that state police officers have stepped up and improved their operational positioning to respond to distress calls.

He said: “The Anambra State security forces, consisting of army and police, neutralized two gunmen, recovered four automatic pumps, a cutlass, an ash-colored Lexus 350 jeep with reg .nos KJA-666HE, a white Toyota Hilux jeep without registration numbers, a white Toyota Corolla with reg.nos HAL-732RF, a Highlander sliver jeep without reg.nos, four motorcycles without reg.nos.

“The recovery followed a distress call at around 9.30am on 23/7/2022 (Saturday) along the Onitsha/Owerri highway junction leading to Okija Nkwo market, where thugs blocked the road and robbed/extorted motorists.

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“The joint forces reacted quickly and engaged the thugs in a gunfight; incapacitated one of the gunmen while others escaped the scene with gunshot wounds.

The PPRO added: “In a further development, police officers at around 3:30 p.m. the same day, while carrying out a mine clearance operation, saw another criminal gang at Nkwo Market in Okija, harassing vendors/ buyers and area residents. Officers engaged the gunmen in a gunfight. One of the suspects was neutralized and two automatic pumps and a walker were recovered while others fled.

“No casualties among the officers and the situation has been brought under control. Meanwhile, the operation is still ongoing to apprehend the other fleeing gang members.

He said state police commissioner Echeng Echeng, while instructing officers to maintain momentum against the assault on criminal elements, ordered that patrols be intensified and operational positioning improved to respond. to distress calls in the state.

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