A police inspector attached to Mopol 3, Enugu, who was among police operatives that foiled and killed two kidnappers along Ogbeke-Nike, Ugwogo-Nike/Opi/Nsukka road, has died of gunshot he sustained during the ensuing gun duel, our correspondent gathered.
The incident occurred in the evening hours of 03/09/2023 when the hoodlums attempted to kidnap some road users.
An earlier release by the state police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said, “The hoodlums blocked the road and shot sporadically before the operatives, some of whom were on VIPs escort duty, gallantly responded.
“Two of the miscreants were neutralized on the spot while many others escaped into the forest with fatal gunshot wounds.”
Items recovered from the suspects include one AK-47 rifle with two magazines, eighty-two and sixteen rounds of 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm calibres of live ammunition respectively; one cutlass, two mobile phones and other incriminating exhibits were recovered from the hoodlums.”
Ndukwe confirmed that, “One of the police operatives who sustained a gunshot wound in the ensuing gun duel was taken to the hospital and later confirmed dead by doctors in the morning hours of today, 04/09/2023. His remains have been deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.”
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, while mourning the loss of the operative, commended the entire police personnel, the neighbourhood watch group and Forest Guards involved in the operation for their courage.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the police to ‘ruthlessly deal with and rid the state of unrepentant criminals, especially those involved in violent crimes’.
The CP also enjoined citizens of the state to remain security conscious, law-abiding and promptly report criminals and individuals found with bullet wounds to the nearest police station, or call the command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003702, 08075380883, 08086671202 or 08098880172, or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org for prompt response.