The Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State Command, CP Augustina Ogbodo on Friday confirmed the killing of two police officers that were on patrol at Nwofe Road in Izzi LGA of the state.
The commissioner spoke in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya.
The CP stated that the victims were allegedly attacked by armed hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ESN members using a tinted Toyota Highlander vehicle while on patrol at Nwofe Road at the outskirt of Abakaliki.
The statement reads in part: “Operatives of the Command on patrol at Nwofe road at the outskirt of Abakaliki were attacked by armed hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ESN members using a tinted Highlander vehicle with registration number unknown.
“Two(2) of the Operatives were fatally wounded while one (1) is currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.”
The CP further stated that the Command received a distress call and immediately dispatched tactical teams to the scene. The operatives swung into action by giving the hoodlums a hot chase but they escaped.
DAILY POST reports that Ogbodo also visited the scene of the incident with her management team for on the spot assessment.
She however called on well meaning individuals of the state to avail the Command with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing hoodlums, while assuring them of round the clock visibility patrol of the nooks and crannies of the state.