Inspector general orders arrest of police attackers in Cross River State
The officers were on a mission to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in the state when they were attacked.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), who disclosed this yesterday, noted that the April 17, 2019 attack at Ogoja was masterminded and executed by one Ikenga, a notorious receiver of stolen property, and his gang members.
“Four police officers attached to IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep machete cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
“The detectives (victims of the attack) are investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna earlier reported by the Master Chapel, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos. The detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four male suspects – Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.
“The suspects, who were positively implicated in the crime by police investigation, confessed to stealing the vehicle. They stated further that they had sold the vehicle to another in Benue State. Hence, detectives moved to Benue with one of the suspects. On arrest of the suspect in Benue, he stated that he had sold the vehicle to a notorious receiver of stolen goods in Ogoja for N250,000. With this discovery, the detectives proceeded to Cross River, where Ikenga was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered.
“However, in a bizarre twist, shortly after his arrest, the suspect raised the alarm in his native language which attracted his gang members. Subsequently, the policemen came under serious physical attack from weapon-wielding hoodlums. The officers were savagely butchered by the armed gang. Consequently, Ikenga escaped with the stolen vehicle,” Mba said.
The IGP, while condemning the attack, warned that the police under his watch would not tolerate criminal attacks and assault on its personnel or facilities.
He enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to allow such attacks to take place in their domain, as they might be called to account.
“The IGP has therefore ordered the immediate manhunt and arrest of Ikenga and other members of his gang. He also urged members of the public to avail the police with credible that will lead to the apprehension of all persons involved in the unwholesome and illegal acts.”
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