Gunmen kill policemen, Otti visits victims, families in Aba

Abia state Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has visited the families of policemen who were killed by unknown gunmen at Opobo junction, Ogbor Hill, Aba.

Four policemen attached to the Ogbor Hill Police Division, Aba, were attacked by unknown gunmen at Opobo junction, where two of them lost their lives and two others were injured.

Speaking to journalists after the visit where the two wounded policemen are receiving treatment, the governor described the incident as unfortunate.

Otti vowed that his administration would fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and lamented that the attack came a few weeks after a similar incident that involved five soldiers.

He assured that there would be a change in strategy to deal with the incident, stressing that his administration won’t succumb to blackmail.

He said;”We thought that with all that we have done including rounding up some of the people that were involved in that last attack that this would not happen again.

“We have decided to change strategy. We do not want to speculate but like you (journalist) rightly asked, it is reasonable to suspect that the enemies of the state, particularly those who don’t seem to see any good or want any good for Abia people may be somehow connected to this. That’s a suspicion.

“We are not going to let this go away without identifying and bringing to book all those who are directly or remotely involved.”

The governor explained that by the time investigations are over and all the intelligence being gathered is put together, the government would know actually where the attacks are coming from.

“We believe that something is wrong and our government is not going to succumb to this kind of blackmail and we are going to fish them out wherever they run to.

” It is still early days but as I said, we’ve started picking up some of the people that were suspected to be involved in the last attack on soldiers and this one we are not going to allow it to die. We are going to follow it through,” he said.

Otti, who came to the visit with the state Commissioner of Police, Kene Onwuemelie, reassured the people of the state that his administration is equal to the task and urged them to go about their lawful businesses, adding that the security agencies are intensifying efforts to ensure people in the state are secured.