25th July, 2023
Anambra State security forces comprising of the military and police, neutralized two gunmen, recovered four automatic pump action, one cutlass, one ash color lexus jeep 350 with reg. NOS KJA- 666HE, one white Toyota Hilux jeep without reg nos., one white Toyota Corolla with reg. nos. HAL- 732RF, one sliver highlander jeep without reg nos, four motorcycles without reg. nos.
The recovery is following a distress call at about 9:30am on Saturday (23/7/2022) along Onitsha/Owerri expressway, junction leading to Okija Nkwo Market , where some hoodlums, blocked the road and were robbing/extorting motorist. the joint forces responded swiftly and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel neutralized one of the armed men while others escaped the scene with bullet wounds.
in another development, police operatives at about 3:30pm on same date while on clearance operation sighted, another criminal gang at Nkwo market Okija, harassing sellers/buyers and residents in the area. the operatives engaged the armed men in a gun duel. one of the suspects was neutralized and two automatic pump action and one marchet were recovered while others fled the scene there was no casualty on the part of the operatives and the situation has been brought under control. meanwhile, the operation is still ongoing to apprehend the other fleeing gang members.
The commissioner of police *cp Echeng Echeng* while charging the operatives to sustain the tempo against onslaught on criminal elements, ordered patrols to be intensified and improved to respond to distress calls in the state