Anambra: Police, AVG confirm death of 3, order manhunt of gunmen 

Anambra state Police command, Tuesday, confirmed the death of three persons in an attack on the State Vigilante Group (AVG) at Nnewi, Nnewi North local government area during which the commander, Mr Eloka Ubajekwe and others died.

The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the report in a statement, explained that the armed men operating in a red highlander abducted an unnamed person at Nnewi around 1.30pm and were trailed to Nnobi where they engaged security in a gun battle.

“During the gun duel, one of the security operatives was fatally hit by the bullet and due to the indiscriminate shootings by the hoodlums in an attempt to escape the scene, the bullet also fatally struck two innocent passersby in the area. 

“The Police Responding Team at the scene recovered the bodies of the victims and took them to the hospital but regrettably, three of the victims including a 22-year-old lady were confirmed dead by the doctors on duty while two others are currently receiving treatment,” he stated. 

According to Ikenga, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Nnaghe Obono Itam has ordered an immediate manhunt operation in the armed men, and urged the public especially the eyewitnesses to assist with information that could lead to their apprehension and prosecution. 

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer, Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG), Comrade Nweke Nweke, vowed that they would work round the clock alongside other security forces in the state to apprehend all involved in the killings.

“Let me assure the members of the public that the State hardworking Commissioner of Police, Obono Itam has put machinery in action, aimed at netting all that has hands in the killing of our Commander and we are collaborating with the police, amongst others and the assurance is that none of them will go scot-free,” he noted.