A checkpoint in the Obeagu-Amechi Community, Enugu South Local Government Area, was attacked on Wednesday by unidentified armed men, killing four policemen and some unidentified people.
The ensuing gunfight was also said to have killed or severely wounded many residents and passersby, including many who ran into the scenes of the incident.
Although both sides were injured, the policemen repelled the attack.
Witnesses said the attack started at 5:30 pm on Wednesday and lasted until 7 pm at a busy spot in Mmiri Ocha Amodu.
According to an anonymous source, four policemen, one pastor and a neighbourhood watch officer were among the dead taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
“The policemen and unknown gunmen engaged in a heavy gun battle,” the source said.
Everybody within the scene scurried for safety as confusion swept the area.
“We have never had an incident of this type in this area. “It happened along the Obeagu-Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu, a few kilometres from the capital of Enugu State.”
A source confirmed that the gunmen set a police patrol van ablaze during the attack, which was the result of ambushing policemen of the Amagunze police division during their attempt to escape.
ASP Daniel Ndukwe, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident, but he declined to provide any details about casualties.
“Information surrounding the shooting incidents at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South Local Government Area, as well as Amagunze in Nkanu East Local Government Area, in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, is sketchy.”
Assuring that further developments would be communicated, he said preliminary investigations had begun.
Meanwhile, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi offered the spouses of the slain police officers automatic employment yesterday.