Unknown gunmen kill 4 soldiers, 3 Policemen, cart away arms in Anambra

Unknown gunmen kill 4 soldiers, 3 Policemen, cart away arms in Anambra
Charles Nwoke, Awka, Nigeria
March 19, 2021

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Fear had on Thursday grip residents of Anambra as unknown gunmen reportedly ambushed and killed four naval officers and three police officers in different locations in the State, carted away their arms.

It was gathered that the killings occurred barely 48 hours after gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen (militia) allegedly abducted the president general of Omor and a legal practitioner in the Ayamelum Local Government Area Council of the state.

The kidnappers according to reports are demanding N50 million ransom from the families of the victims.

The criminal elements reportedly killed three policemen at Neni junction in Anaocha Local Government Area Council of the state while their security vehicle was set ablaze.

In the same vein, four naval officers have reportedly murdered at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area Council of the state.

Our correspondent obtained distant footage of these events. Warning: Material may not be suitable for some viewers. Discretion advised. 

A source, Chinedu Orakwe, said that the gunmen rampaged Awkuzu Junction and slain the naval officers on duty, and carted them away with their firearms and ammunition.

The four naval officers were said to be on duty at the junction when the armed men ambushed them around 2 pm on Thursday.

A source who pleaded anonymity, said, “Please seek an alternative route if you plan to go towards that axis. Please let’s be safe first then ask questions later.

“Similar thing happened a moment ago at Neni Junction, just before Oraukwu. An eyewitness has narrated the experience to me. Police officers were killed and their weapons were taken from them. Their vehicle set ablaze,” he added.

A senior police officer in the command, who does not want his name mentioned, said “the two incidents happened but I cannot ascertain the number of casualties as at the moment.”

DSP Tochukwu Ikenganyia, the Police Public Relations Officer Anambra State Command, who assumed his duty on Wednesday, confirming the unfortunate incident said that he has not gotten details of what happened.

“I’m making contacts to get details before I would issue a statement on the matter before long,” he said.