Four persons suspected to be enforcing sit-at-home have been killed in Enugu, the state police command said Friday.
The sit-at-home order was declared for one week by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra to press the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is being detained at the custody of the Department of State Services over alleged running a proscribed group, jumping bail and treason.
Despite the ban on the sit-at-home by Enugu State government, residents partially complied with the order for safety.
The killing of the suspects was contained in a statement by the command’s public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, Friday night. Our correspondent reported that the suspects earlier engaged the police in a gun duel, leading to their sustaining ‘fatal gunshot wounds’, according to the PPRO.
Ndukwe later confirmed the recovery of the corpses of four of the suspects. According to him, “Further to the earlier report on police operatives serving in Awkunanaw Division of the command dislodging armed subversive criminal elements, who attempted to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the early hours of today, 07/07/2023, a combined team of tactical police operatives of the command further discovered and recovered the lifeless bodies of four of the male hoodlums in a forest behind G. Ede Filling Station/7-Up, at Awkunanaw, Enugu, where they escaped into.
“Recall that the operatives intercepted the criminals at One-Day, Awkunanaw, Enugu, as they were snatching an ENTRACO branded Sharon minivan from its driver at gunpoint. They engaged the operatives in a gun duel, but escaped with varying degrees of fatal gunshot wounds due to the superior firepower of the Operatives.
“Hence, a manhunt operation was launched by the combined team, while a thorough search conducted on the vehicle led to the recovery of one (1) AK-47 rifle with a magazine loaded with nineteen (19) live ammunition of 7.62 calibres, two (2) bottles of petrol bomb and other incriminating exhibits.”