An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Danjuma Joseph and a Police Inspector, Abu Elamaje, have reportedly been killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.
The policemen, who were officers of the Enugu State Command until the time of their death, were killed when the hoodlums ambushed a mobile police patrol team Wednesday evening.
It was gathered that the policemen were killed along the Udi-Ozalla Road at about 7:30 pm.
According to a source, the victims were confirmed dead by doctors at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, where they were rushed to for treatment.
The doctors, however, treated and discharged another officer, Inspector Udeme Udomeng, who was shot at the scene.
The source said, “MINE and other command tactical teams reinforced at the area of incident on cordon and search operation for possible arrest of suspects. Further development shall be communicated.”
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It is unclear whether the policemen were killed by the kidnappers who have been on rampage in different parts of the State or another set of hoodlums.
The gunmen have unleashed mayhem in different parts of the state, causing apprehension among residents who have reportedly deserted some parts of the state over the past few days.
A few days ago, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide had described the high rate of kidnapping in the State as outrageous and unacceptable.
The apex Igbo group called for an overhaul of the entire security architecture in the State.
Efforts to obtain reaction from the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Enugu State Police Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe was unsuccessful as he did not answer the calls.
A text message sent to him has also not been replied as of the time of filing this report.
This is coming barely two days after about eight security operatives were also ambushed and killed in Imo State.