Gunmen on Saturday launched a deadly attack on a police checkpoint at the Idemili-Obosi Interchange on Onitsha-Owerri Road, Anambra State, killing two police officers and setting their patrol van ablaze.
PUNCH Metro report that about 10 police operatives were at the checkpoint when the gunmen launched the attack.
Meanwhile, a tricycle operator, who identified himself as Okwuchukwu, said the police checkpoint created gridlock on the road.
He said, “The traffic almost got to Upper Iweka Junction. At a point, it became a no movement situation on both lanes of the road.
“I was in the traffic when we suddenly heard gunshots and before you knew it, everybody, including the policemen, started running. They shot two policemen dead and burnt their vehicle.”
Another passerby who spoke with PUNCH Metro but doesn’t want to be mentioned said, “This place was brutal yesterday (Saturday). I think their targets were the policemen who mounted a checkpoint, which caused a horrific traffic situation on both lanes, made worst by the ongoing road construction and that is the reason this road is very free today because there is no checkpoint.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, said two policemen were killed during the attack.
He said, “What happened on Saturday around 5.20pm along the Obosi Idemili flyover is an example of the price we pay as police officers in service to the nation and humanity.
“Three of the armed men were demobilised, while two police personnel paid the supreme price. The police also recovered the rifles of the slain officers. A Lexus SUV, one of the operational vehicles of the armed hoodlums, was also recovered. The operation is still ongoing. Further details shall be communicated.
“The Anambra State Police Command is firm and the personnel are more motivated in providing security services until the current security concern is reduced to the barest minimum and overcome.”