Cop killed as suspected IPOB Militia attack Ebonyi police checkpoint

Gunmen suspected to be IPOB Militia attacked a police checkpoint on the Abakaliki/Enugu highway on Thursday, killing a policeman and setting a police patrol van on fire.

Pageone gathered that the incident occurred at the Ishieke Junction, on the outskirts of Abakaliki metropolis.

Sources in the area said the gunmen also abducted another cop, but this could not be independently verified as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, however, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Joshua Ukandu, confirmed the attack.

Ukandu said the incident occurred on Thursday at about 7.15am and that Gunmen in a Sienna car attacked the police checkpoint at the state’s Ishieke junction.

He noted that the officers were able to repel the attackers, adding, however, that one of the officers was “fatally wounded,” and a patrol car was set ablaze.

He said, “Today, April 11, 2024, at about 7.15am, hoodlums in an ash-coloured Sienna vehicle attacked the police checkpoint at the Ishieke Junction in Ebonyi LGA of Ebonyi State.

“The hoodlums shot sporadically at the officers, who engaged them fiercely and were able to repel them. However, one of the officers was fatally wounded, and a patrol vehicle was set ablaze.”

The police spokesperson added that an investigation is ongoing and normalcy has been restored in the area.

“The Commissioner of Police immediately deployed police operatives to the scene, and they are on the trail of the hoodlums. Meanwhile, calm and normalcy have been restored to the area.

“The CP is using this medium to call on well-meaning individuals in the state to avail the command with useful information that will aid in apprehending the fleeing hoodlums while noting that the command remains resolute in its fight against crime and criminality and the protection of lives and properties,” Ukandu said.

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