May 6, 2024

Two policemen, three neighbourhood watch members killed in Enugu – Police



By Anayo Okoli, Enugu

The Enugu State Police Command has said that two policemen and three members of Neighbourhood watch were killed during last Friday’s Iggah crisis, in Uzo-Uwani council area of Enugu state.

The command also said that three suspects, said to be the masterminds, have been arrested in connection with the crisis, adding that the Commissioner has ordered a manhunt for more suspects.

The Police said the crisis was fuelled by elements they referred to as “harboured criminal members of the Iggah Community”.

Giving their own account of what happened in the Iggah community, the police command in a statement signed by the spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said: “The Enugu State Police Command wishes to inform the public of the unprovoked and unwarranted attack and gruesome murder of two policemen and three Neighbourhood Watch Group members by harboured criminal members of the Iggah community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, in the evening hours of Friday, May 3, 2024.

“On the same date, a combined security team of three policemen and four Neighbourhood Watch Group provided security for a team of visiting investors from Lagos on a tour of a proposed agricultural investment site in the area.

“However, the team was ambushed and attacked by a large group of the criminal elements, who opened fire on them.

“Upon the unprovoked sudden attack, members of the team scampered for safety, while an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who led the team, one Neighbourhood Watch personnel, and the three member team of investors were later rescued by a policemen team that immediately mobilized to the crime scene.

“But the eventually murdered members of the team went missing and unaccounted for.

“However, in the course of a full-scale investigation and a search and manhunt operation launched thereafter, three males suspected to have masterminded the attack were arrested.Their revelations during interrogation led to the discovery and recovery of the slain policemen and Neighborhood Watch Group members in the forest on May 4, 2024.

“Their lifeless bodies were taken to the hospital, confirmed dead by doctors, and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, has described the unprovoked criminal act of the gruesome murder of the personnel as inconceivable, dastardly, and unwarranted.Hence, he orders further deployment of the Command’s intelligence and operational resources to sustain the manhunt of the fleeing criminals.

“He stressed that the police will stop at nothing to fish out and bring the perpetrators of the senseless act to book.

“Furthermore, the commissioner has cautioned those who, in an attempt to misinform and mislead unsuspecting members of the public, are circulating unverified videos alleging the burning and looting of houses in the community by joint forces to desist forthwith.

“The Commissioner has also advised members of the Igga community, particularly the criminal elements directly involved in the unthinkable and wanton act of murdering serving police officers and others, to voluntarily surrender themselves to the Police without delay”.