The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a policewoman and two other victims during an attack by unknown gunmen at Orji area of Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The incident was confirmed in a statement issued on Thursday by the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Bala Elkana, who said that three persons were killed by the hoodlums who blocked Orji flyover and started shooting sporadically.
Elkana said; “Normalcy has returned to the Orji area by combined teams of the Police and other supporting security agencies. Three persons were killed by the hoodlums who blocked Orji flyover and started shooting sporadically. The cause of the shooting is still not clear at the moment. The investigation has, however, commenced.”
Reports say that the gunmen numbering about seven invaded the area on Thursday, June 3, at about 05:30pm, moving around shooting sporadically.
It was gathered that they started their operation from Orji axis, headed to the Spibat area and visited other areas from where three persons were killed, including the female police officer and two men.
According to an eye witness, the gunmen who wore black emerged from the Amakohia axis on two vehicles, a bus and a Hilux, walking the road with utmost confidence.
“They came with the female police officer. I learnt that they kidnapped her the day they attacked Orji Divisional Police Headquarters. They dropped a message that they will only free her if their member in police custody was ready. Having waited without their demand being met, the hoodlums came with the officer, brought her out and shot her dead.” the eyewitness claimed.