Hoodlums Abduct 2 Policemen In Ebonyi

Two policemen were abducted when alleged hoodlums attacked the convoy of Mr Chinedu Awo, lawmaker representing Ohaukwu North constituency in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, the state police PRO, Mrs Lovet Oda, said Monday.

Oda told newsmen in Abakaliki that the affected cops were in the company of the lawmaker on Sunday when the incident occurred.

Mr Awo was said to be on his way to his hometown, Effium, in Ohaukwu local government area when the incident occurred.

THE WHISTLER reported that Gov Dave Umahi last week suspended construction work at Effium community as a result of Insecurity.

Effium is also where three construction workers were reportedly abducted on Nov 3.

Oda told newsmen that, on Nov 28, 2021, at about 1340hrs, Awo, accompanied by police operatives, went to the community to investigate the missing engineers in the community when they were attacked.

According to her, “On 28/11/2021, at about 1340hrs, police operatives were returning from investigation activities in connection with the three missing engineers who were abducted in the same area on the 3rd of November, 2021 while on a Ring Road site project.

“The operatives were in the company of Hon Chinedu Awo, a member representing Ohaukwu North Constituency in the State House of Assembly who accompanied the operatives to enable him to dialogue with the warriors at Igbuduoke village in Effium/Ezza clan ‘the warring community’ in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

“They were ambushed by armed Ezza warriors numbering over 60 who attacked them from all flanks, but the operatives gallantly fought back, resulting in heavy casualties on the side of the attackers.

“However, DSP Bruno Chukwu and two others sustained bullet wounds and are currently responding to treatment, while two police officers by name, Sergeant Donatus Osugwu, and Sergeant Thaddeus Ugoeze are suspected to have been abducted by the hoodlums as they were discovered missing in action.

“Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba, led a convoy of about seven teams on reinforcement where they cordoned the forest and searched the village but could not find the missing officers nor the perpetrators.E””

“Effortsare in top gear to ensure the perpetrators are tracked down and arrested.”

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