It has been reported that a gunman was murdered by police in Enugu State’s Agu-Ibeje, Enugu-Ezike, a community in the state’s Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area.
State police spokesman Daniel Ndukwe made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.
He claimed that the gunman was killed in a police raid on a hidden camp in the woods.
Campers were believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to Mr. Ndukwe, the “tactical and intelligence-driven” raid took place on August 11 and 12 per orders from Abubakar Lawal, the state’s commissioner of police.
When the criminals saw the operatives, “they engaged them in a gun fight that resulted in the neutralisation of one of them while several others escaped with varied degrees of bullet wounds,” he claimed.
According to the police spokeswoman, the operatives found a shallow grave in the camp where the body of a male police officer who had been missing since July 30 had been buried.
He claimed that the operatives dug up the officer’s grave and removed his remains.
Police have revealed that murdered officer Johnson Okpanachi was assigned to the Igbo-North Police Divisional Headquarters.
In a shot, the deceased police officer’s hands could be seen restrained.
According to the police spokesperson, many vehicles and an arsenal of weapons were found on the accused.
Deputy Superintendent Mr Ndukwe claimed that on August 8th, operatives conducted a separate operation in which they seized yet another cache of arms and munitions.
According to him, the 9:15 a.m. operation was launched after receiving a distress call reporting that members of the IPOB had broken into the home of a local vigilante operative in Oduma, a hamlet in the Aninri Local Government Area of the state, and destroyed everything within.
Mr. Lawal, the state’s police commissioner, was “very pleased” with the operators, Mr. Ndukwe added, because they carried out both operations without suffering any casualties.
Mr. Lawal urged the police to keep their attention on their mission to clean up the state’s criminal element.
The police commissioner requested that citizens continue to be law-abiding and watchful, and to provide the police with any information they might have to aid in the battle against crime.
As part of his plea, he also asked residents and business owners in the state to notify the authorities if they see somebody who appears to have been shot.