Again, gunmen kill three Ebonyi police officers

Three police officers died Wednesday morning when gunmen opened fire on them while on a stop-and-search operation in Ebonyi state.

This is coming two days after a police inspector was killed and others sustained various forms of injuries in similar attack on Monday.

The latest incident occurred at the Oshiri Divisional Police Headquarters in Onicha Local Government Area of the state, said police spokesperson, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who made this known in a statement, Wednesday evening.

“Sadly, three policemen lost their lives. One was injured and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital,” Ms Onovwakpoyeya said.

She added that shortly after the attack, tactical police team drafted the the area, neutralised two of the gunmen while others escaped with bullet wounds.

“Consequently, two of the hoodlums were neutralised and others escaped with bullet wounds,” she said.

The police superintendent listed items recovered to include: One Lexus ES-350 model, a fabricated AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine with seven rounds of ammunition, an SMG rifle and magazine with rounds of ammunition, a pack of hard drugs, charms, juju drums and chakra musical instruments for shrines.

The Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Faleye Olayele, appealed to residents of the area to report to the police anyone found with bullet wounds as it will help the police in arresting the fleeing attackers.