Residents and indigenes of Azia community in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State are living in fear following the death of two police officers killed by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums.
In a statement on Sunday, Ikenga Tochukwu, Anambra command spokesperson, said the slain officers were travelling with their colleagues when they were ambushed by the gunmen.
He said the bodies of the slain officers were burnt by the gunmen, while one officer was still missing.
According to him, other officers were able to fight their way out of the ambush and rescue two civilian drivers travelling with them.
“In the attack, two police officers were killed and their bodies were burnt while one of the officers is still missing,” Tochukwu said.
A clip circulating on WhatsApp showed armed men strutting around the corpses of two officers in the middle of a tarred road. Close to the corpses, were some discarded car tyres.
“ESN! ESN! ESN (Eastern Security Network)! We are going! We are going!” One of the armed men is heard saying in the clip, indicating that the attack may have been carried out by the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (ESN is an armed wing of IPOB).
He said the other officers “fought their way out of the ambush” and were also able to rescue two out of the three civilian drivers.
Tochukwu said the other officers “fought their way out of the ambush” and were also able to rescue two out of the three civilian drivers.
He said the armed men attacked a rescue team, hurling improvised explosive devices at police vehicles.
Meanwhile, residents of the community have accused the police of killing a 20-year-old woman, Chidimma Ezeanochie.
Tonna Nwabueze, the president-general of Azia General Assembly, said in a petition to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, that some police officers who came to their community in an armoured vehicle opened fire on Miss Ezeanochie and her brother, killing her instantly, while the brother survived.
Nwabueze, in his petition, was apparently referring to the police rescue operation in the community.
“About 100 metres from the site of this incident, the police equally opened fire on a Sienna Space bus parked by a block industry,” he said.
The community described Miss Ezeanochie’s killing as “gruesome, wicked and totally unacceptable,” and is demanding justice from the police.
In September, three police officers were killed by gunmen in the state, while two other officers were said to have been injured during the shooting incident at a security post mounted by the police operatives.
A month after, gunmen set ablaze the Ajali divisional police headquarters in Orumba North LGA of the state. Some police officers sustained gunshot wounds during the attack.