Suspected bandits on Tuesday reportedly killed three policemen, and made away with their two rifles, in Abriba community, Ohafia local government area, Abia State.
News made available to Obinwannem revealed the three policemen were Inspectors Austin Ugwu, Longinus Ugo Chukwu, and Constable Ama Ifeanyi; all from Abriba Police Division, were ambushed by the bandits when they arrived at Agu Eze Amaogudu area, Abriba, at 8:30am.
The incident roused tension and panic in the community as residents stayed indoors for the fear of mass arrest by the police.
Abia State deputy governor Ude Oko Chukwu visited the scene and sympathized with the families and friends of the officers, who lost their lives.
Oko assured that the government would provide the necessary resources to ensure the protection of people and all the law abiding citizens.
John Okiyi Kalu, who accompanied the deputy governor, also called for the support of the security agents to ensure that the perpetrators were quickly identified and brought to justice.
The deputy governor also visited the traditional rulers of the community and promised them of government support to ensure that the culprits are meant to face the consequences.
In response to Oko’s promise, the Enachioken of the traditional council commented through Eze Eme Uguru Ikpoka, that the community would fully cooperate with the security agencies to protect the people, and prevent the perpetrators from escaping justice.
Ikpoka urged the government to prevent the security agents not to engage in mass arrests, assuring that the community had dispatched hunters and youths in the surrounding forests to capture the bandits.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News