Anambra Announces Rewards For Identifiers Of Killers Of US Embassy Staffers, Police Officers

By Adadainfo

The Anambra State government has announced rewards for anybody that could reveal identities of the killers of staff members of the US Embassy and their police escorts on Tuesday.

Mr Christian Aburime, press secretary to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, stated this in a release in Awka.

According to him, “We call on anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the criminals to offer same on our secured security phone numbers or to any of the security agencies, and such informant will be handsomely rewarded.”

Meanwhile, the state police command has disclosed the names of the deceased. CP Echeng Echeng, the state police commissioner, stated this while addressing newsmen in Awka on Thursday.

He stated that, “The preliminary investigation revealed that five male officials of the USA Consulate and four armed mobile police escorts from Lagos on a mission to assess the impact of erosion in Ogbaru LGA were travelling in a convoy of two vehicles when they came under attack by armed men who targeted them with gunfire and set their vehicles ablaze.

“Regrettably, seven persons (including three of the consulate officials and four mobile police escorts) were murdered during the attack while two other officials of the consulate are yet to be found.”

He gave the names of the deceased police officers as Inspr Bukar Adams, Inspr Friday Morgan, Inspr Adam Andrew and Inspr Emmanuel Lupata, all of Squadron 23, Police Mobile Force, Lagos.

CP Echeng further stated that sources from the USAID authority disclosed that five of their staff and four policemen were involved in the attack.

The names, according to a release by the police public relations officer, Anambra State, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, are Jefferson Obayuwane (RTD DSS personnel), Sunday Prince Ubong,
Ekene Nweke, Hassan Etila, Avwuvie, Kaye Monday, Bukar A. Kabuiki (police),
Emmanuel Lukpata (police), Friday Morgan (police), and Adamu Andrew (police).

“The remains of the deceased persons have been recovered and deposited in a morgue while the state police command and other security agencies are working round-the-clock, in concert with the government of Anambra State, to rescue the missing officials,” DSP Ikenga said.

The command urged members of the public ‘who can provide information about the identities and locations of the culprits to kindly assist the police with such information timeously’.

The PPRO said, “Joint security forces comprising police tactical teams from the command and troops of the Nigerian Army as well as the Nigerian Navy raided a camp in Ugwuaneocha community of Ogbaru LGA, which was suspected to be the hideout of the assailants, but discovered that it had been deserted.”

The release added, “Two persons of interest were arrested and they are currently assisting the police in the investigation. The criminal camp was razed down by the joint security team.”

Recall that a team of officials from the Lagos Consulate of the United States of America and their police escorts (USA) were ambushed, killed and set ablaze on 16/05/2023 between 12:00hours and 14:00hours, along Atani/Osamela road in Ogbaru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state by unknown gunmen.

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