The Ebonyi state police command, Tuesday, arrested two suspected gunmen, and killed two others.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the Okposi community in the Ohaozara local government area of the state on Monday by sporadically shooting in the air.
But the police, according to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, got the information and went into action which led to the killing and arrest of some of them.
This is coming barely one week after gunmen attacked Ishielu and Akeze LGAs, respectively.
The statement reads, “On 10/07/2023 at about 1350hrs, some armed men suspected to be IPOB/ESN members went to Okposi in Ohaozara LGA and started shooting sporadically into the air.
“On receipt of the information, the operatives of the command immediately swung into action by giving the hoodlums a hot chase.
“The hoodlums engaged the policemen in a gun duel, which resulted in one of them being neutralised while the others escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds.
“Today, 11/07/2023 at about 0600hrs during the continuous combing of the bushes, the other fleeing suspects were arrested with bullet wounds. They are Emmanuel Edwin ‘m’ and Chigozie Udeh ‘m’ while one other was arrested unconscious with bullet injuries but later gave up the ghost on the way to the hospital and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Augustina N. Ogbodo is using this medium to warn criminals to either lay down their arms or relocate from the state as it will no longer be a haven for them and also urged the good people of Ebonyi state to go about their lawful activities, as maximum security measures have been emplaced, including intensive motorized patrol of the entire State to halt their activities.”