The Imo State Police Command, Friday, announced the arrest of six men suspected to have participated in the attack at Agwa Police Station, which claimed four policemen.
One of them wore a police vest suspected to belong to one of the slain police operatives during the Agwa station attack.
CSP Michael Abattam, the state police command’s public relations officer, disclosed this in a statement made available to Adadainfo in Owerri.
Abattam gave the names of the suspects as Mmadukaji Moses, 30, of Mgbala Agwa who was wearing police operational vest suspected to belong to the slain cop; Chigozie Amanyere, 21, of Umukpo Agwa; Ifeanyi Uche, 21, of Obudi Agwa; Uzoma Uche, 24, of Obudi Agwa; Sopuruchi Anumodu, 24, and Chukwuma, 30.
According to the statement, “Following a distress call on 10/8/22 at about 1040 hours that some of the bandits that escaped arrest during the Izombe and Agwa raid conducted by the command’s tactical teams were sighted to have regrouped, blocking the road along Obudi Agwa, stopping vehicles, searching the occupants and checking their phones to identify policemen in the vehicle for possible abduction, the command’s tactical teams immediately mobilized, joined by police operatives from Agwa Police Station, stormed the identified location at Obudi Agwa road, and cordoned the area.”
He added that, “The operatives tactically disarmed the bandits and recovered their weapons, which include one English made automatic pump action gun, two locally made pistols, twenty live cartridges and fourteen sharpened machetes.
“However, in the course of interrogating the suspects, it was discoovered that they are all natives of Agwa while the suspect, who was wearing a police operational vest, is undergoing further interrogations to confirm the source of the police vest and, as soon as investigation is concluded, they will be charged to court.”
Meanwhile, the state commissioner of police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, while commending the officers and men for their proactiveness, called on hunters’ associations to collaborate with the police and other security agencies in giving information on criminal hideouts.
He appealed to natives not to allow terrorists to use their communities as havens to perpetrate crimes, ‘rather they should report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station or call the command’s emergency numbers: 08034773600 or 08098880197.”