Six police officers killed in Anambra armed attacks

The police have increasingly come under attack from armed groups

At least six police officers have been killed in Anambra state in a series of deadly attacks that have seen gunmen since Tuesday, targeting police stations and patrol vans, stealing arms and ammunition and leaving residents in fear of an imminent outbreak of violence.

Armed men attacked a police patrol team on Tuesday at Oraifite Ekwusigo, killing three officers and seizing their arms, then on Wednesday a police outpost in Nnewi south was sacked and 14 AK47 rifles stolen, residents and lawmakers from the area say.

A fresh attack occurred on Thursday morning at Ukpor divisional police leaving three police officers dead.

The state police authorities have refused to comment on the incident, but witnesses blame the attacks on robbers who reportedly cornered the police teams and overpower them after heavy shootings.

Reached on telephone Thursday afternoon, the police commissioner, Bala Nasarawa, referred inquiries to the force spokesperson, Emeka Chukwuemeka, who could not be reached.

But reports say the attacks have heightened fears of possible outbreak of violence in the commercial towns that have seen increased violence recently. 

The incident, added to the spate of violence in the past, has taken a toll on the business community there, a lawmaker from the area said.

“Our people have become refugees in their homes and they now live in fear and are scared of where the next attack could come through,” said Chris Azubogu, who represents Nnewi north and south in the House of Representatives.

“The Nnewi business community has been deserted and our federal constituency is now like a ghost town,” he said.

In the Wednesday attack, which came after three police officers had already been killed, residents say gunmen numbering about seven, attacked a police station in Amichi, Nnewi South Council area, releasing suspects and carting away the AK47 rifles and rounds of ammunitions.

The attackers reportedly struck at about 2.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, opening fire on the police station, and wounding one officer while the others scuttled away. The attack lasted about two hours.
 
 
 

 


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  • Banke

    The Ibos are the most useless ethnic group in Nigeria. Often boast of being wise men and traders. But over 90% of them are armed robbers. They are all over the west african sub region where they go to hide their loot after robbing banks in nigeria

    • Naijaa

      You know so much about the ibos, then you must be one of then or you are keeping thier loot for them

    • tmotmo

      Please answer Naijaa question, very important

    • Eki

      Banke. You are the biggest idiot in the history of mankind. It is people like you who stereotype and stir up ethnic sentiments in Nigeria. Lazy drone.

  • tmotmo

    Another dimension to this attack is, apart from religious sentiment, there shouls be declaration of state of emergency like in some northern state that are not safe too.

    If police officers can be dealt with like this, i wonder what is it for common men who have no means of protecting themselves.

  • Muhammad909

    if it is in the north they will say Boko Haram.

  • Umarkydi

    whoo!!! The various state and National assemblies should take the State Governors and Mr President to task on the security situation in the country. Let us lern from other countries like Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan in orde to prevent their horrible experiance.

  • Globalheng

    IF THE INCIDENT HAD OCCURED IN THE NORTH,IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE PRONOUNCED AND LABELLED CIVIL UNREST IN THE NORTH.NOW THAT IT IS HAPPENING IN THE SOUTH,IT IS ONLY SEEN AS MERE CIVIL UNREST.

  • Chinedum

    Banke, instead of talking about the societal issue at hand, you start attacking an ethnic group. I might not be surprise if you are not one of the robbers or their sponsors!