(UPDATE) Slain Police Officers: Police arrest 3 suspected killers (see photos)
The Nigerian Police, Abia State Command, has disclosed the arrest of three suspects in connection with the attack on Abia Commissioner’s convoy in Aba where two police officers were gruesomely murdered.
It would be recalled that two innocent Police officers who were on legitimate duty with the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu, were on Tuesday, July 28 were sent to their untimely graves by some gunmen, in Aba, the commercial hub of the State.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO ASP Chinaka Chinaka Maureen, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwumelie, the command also listed the arrest of 24 kidnap kingpins and the rescue of a kidnap victim in the state.
According to the statement, “In furtherance of investigation into the attack on the Abia State Commissioner for trade, Commerce, and Industry on the 26/07/2023 at SAMEC, Faulks Road, Aba, which led to the death of two police officers; on 27/07/2023 at about 11:30am, acting on credible intelligence, Police operatives from Abia State Police Command stormed a Hotel located in Ohanze Obingwa LGA Abia State.
“Consequently, three male suspects were arrested. Two revolver pistols, six rounds of 7.62x39MM Ammunition suitable for AK-47 rifles, and five rounds of 9MM Ammunition were found in their possession. Investigation into the case continues”.
The statement further disclosed, “On 27/07/2023, at about 8:00am acting on credible intelligence, Police operatives, led by the Divisional Police Officer Isuochi raided Garki Market Lokpanta, arrested 20 male and 4 female suspects and recovered weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, and some objects suspected to be charms. Among suspects arrested were two notorious kidnap kingpins in Umunneochi. Investigation is ongoing”.
Similarly, the police command said, “On the 2nd day of July 2023, at about 8:00 pm, the Divisional Police Officer Isuochi and some operatives of Abia State Police Command while on patrol along Obinolu Ngodo, after the military base, ran into a Kidnapping incident.
“The kidnappers were given a hot chase and they ran into the bush, consequently, one victim was rescued.
“Furthermore, on 23July, 2023, at about 6:00 am, in continuation of the pursuit/bush combing, two more victims were rescued namely; Chukwukere Henry ‘m’ of Ogidi in Anambra State, and Joshua Udeh ‘m’ of Okigwe in Imo State. Rescued victims confirmed that other victims succeeded in escaping and some ran to the military base, due to confusion that erupted in the kidnappers’ den”.
Therefore, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, has assured residents that the Command will not relent in its fight against crime and criminality, while counting on the support from well-meaning Abians in ensuring that the state is safe for all.