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Gunmen kill 4, injure one in Imo, says Police

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The Imo State Police Command on Saturday said unknown gunmen killed four persons and injured one in Abacheke Community, Ohaji/Egbema council area of Imo state.

Henry Okoye, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, told journalists in Owerri while reacting to the gunmen’ attack last Friday.

Sources in the community have linked the incident to a community rift that has lasted for years. But when filing this report, the police command did not give a reason for the attack.

However, the police said the unknown gunmen wore “military camouflage” and were shooting sporadically during the attack.

The police said, “The Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, has condemned in totality the gruesome murder of four young men at Abacheke Community in Ohaji Egbema by gunmen who were dressed in military camouflage and has deployed the Command Special Tactical Squad to go all out in synergy with other security agencies and clamp down on the hoodlums responsible for the senseless act of violence.

“On 8/03/2024 at about 1830hrs, the hoodlums swiftly attacked Abacheke Community in their numbers, riding motorcycles and firing sporadically, during which five residents were seriously hit. In a swift response, the Area Commander in charge of Ohaji Egbema and other tactical teams mobilised to the scene; the victims were immediately rushed to the hospital, where four were confirmed dead on arrival while one is currently receiving medical treatment at the Hospital. Intense operation is ongoing in the area.”

“While normalcy has been restored in the area, a comprehensive investigation is ongoing to fish out the hoodlums responsible for the dastardly act and make them face the full wrath of the law. The Command calls on the general public, particularly the residents of Ohaji/Egbema, who may have any useful information that will assist the Police in the investigation to kindly report at the nearest Police Station or via 08034773600. Let us collaboratively work towards stamping out violent crimes in the State.

“CP Danjuma commiserates with the families and friends of the deceased and vowed that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring the perpetrators are arrested and brought to book.”

 

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