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Just in : Imo begins manhunt for killers of five policemen, couple

by OkeomaNews

The Imo State police command said that it had launched manhunt for the killers of its five operatives and a couple at Okpala junction in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state.

Some gunmen had on Friday morning opened fire on five policemen who went to eat at a local restaurant, killed all of them and carted away all their ruffles.

The gunmen also killed a couple identified as Mr and Mrs Chinaka Nwagu who owned a shop beside the scene of crime.

Confirming the gruesome murder to our correspondent, the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, said that the command’s Tactical and Operational Teams had been deployed to the area.

Okoye, said that the Command was on the trail of the suspects, adding that security had been beefed up in the area to increase public confidence.

The command’s spokesperson said ” the murder incident is confirmed. The Command has deployed Tactical and Operational Teams of the Command to the area for constant patrol and in search of those behind this dastardly act. We are closing in on them.

“The corpses of the operatives have been evacuated and deposited in a morgue. I urge members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear and or intimidation as the Command is capable of protecting the people of the state.

Okeomanews reported that some gunmen had on Friday morning killed five policemen at Okpala junction in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State.

Also killed were a couple identified as Mr and Mrs Chinaka Nwagu who hailed from Amankwo Okpala community.

The incident threw the junction and the entire community into a state of panic as commercial activities abruptly came to end.

A source who identified himself as Uche and a relative to the couple had told Okeomanews that the slain cops drove from neighbouring Abo Mbaise police Division to eat at the junction.

The had said that while the policemen were eating some gunmen drove to the scene and opened fire on them.

He said that while three police were shot dead at the scene, two others ran to a nearby shop but their attackers raced to the shop killed them and equally killed a couple who owned the shop they ran into.

The eyewitness disclosed that after killing the policemen, the gunmen carted away their five riffles.

The distraught source had said ” it is a black Friday in our community. Gunmen around 8am shot five policemen dead at Okpala junction. The policemen drove in a white coloured Hilux from Aboh Mbaise division to eat at the junction.

“As they were eating gunmen drove to the place and opened fire on them. Two out of the five policemen ran to a nearby shop where a couple sell meat pie and sachet water. After killing the three policemen, they came to the shop where the two other officers were hiding, killed them. They also killed a husband and wife that owned the shop.

“They took away their rifles and drove off. This is so unfortunate. Our community is bleeding. Everybody is confused. The couple just relocated from Lagos about one year ago. We just deposited their bodies in a mortuary. The market is shut. People have ran away out of shock and fear. This is unbelievable.”

Another source, Dominic Okpor told our correspondent that he saw the lifeless bodies of the cops on the road when he drove through the Owerri – Aba Road.

Okpor said” this is horrible. The bodies of the five policemen were lying on the road as we drove through. Their Hilux was also parked at the junction. The scene was horrible. It is terrible. God have mercy.

Okeomanews recalls that on March 27 some fleeing gunmen ambushed and killed five personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the same Ngor Okpala LGA.

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