By Michael Abattam
On 04/8/2022 at about 0222hrs, armed bandits in their numbers, invaded the house of a Police Inspector attached to one of the formations in the Command; the bandits who jumped the perimeter wall fence into the compound at Aforukwu, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, rushed to the flat of the Police Inspector, destroyed the iron burglary protector and front door, entered inside the flat, but were taken by surprise as the Police Inspector who professionally placed himself at a vantage position, engaged the bandits in an aggressive gun duel.
The hoodlums who were stunned and confused by the staccato sound emanating from the rifle of the Police officer, took to their heels, scampering for safety and were given a hot chase and in the process one of them was neutralized at the spot and others escaped into the surrounding bushes fatally injured.
The Police Inspector did not relent, he quickly alerted the Divisional Police Officer of Ogbaku Division, who mobilized and rushed to the scene.
On arrival, they positioned themselves strategically and professionally, combed the surrounding bushes where a corpse, two locally made Pistols and an Identity Card were recovered.
The recovered identity card belongs to one of the neutralized bandit in the name of Chukwuemzie Chukwu ‘m’, a native of Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State and an electrician.
It will be recalled that, few days ago, precisely 1st of August 2022, at about 200hrs, the same bandits came on a black Lexus Jeep with no identification number and three motorcycles carrying two persons each, shot and killed seven (7) persons and six (6) others injured, in a building at Orogwe in Owerri West LGA of Imo State, belonging to one Sir Chima Ogbuehi, residing in Lagos. Coincidentally, the Police Inspector lives just a pole away where the previous attack took place.
Meanwhile, the two corpse have been evacuated and deposited at the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, while concerted efforts are being made to arrest the other bandits that escaped. Since they cannot go far because of the various degrees of bullet injuries they sustained.
Consequently, the Command is using this medium to call on the good people of the state to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within their communities to report such person to the nearest police station or call the Command’s emergency control numbers 08034773600 or 08098880197.
@views exclusive rights: CSP MICHAEL ABATTAM, POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, IMO STATE COMMAND, August 4, 2022.