Adamu Mohammed, the acting Inspector General of Police, has ordered the arrest of hoodlums who attacked four policemen attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team in Ogoja, Cross River State.
According to the police, the policemen on April 17 were in the community to arrest armed robbers who stole a bus when they were attacked with machetes.
Frank Mba, the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, in Abuja on Tuesday revealed that the incident was masterminded by someone identified as ‘Ikenga’, who was the receiver of the stolen bus.
“Four police officers attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep machete cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
“The detectives were investigating the case of a stolen Toyota Sienna bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos.
“They had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four male suspects – Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.”
The 4 suspects confessed to have stolen the vehicle and sold it to someone in Benue State, who also sold it to Ikenga in Ogoja for N250,000.
Consequently, the police detectives proceeded to Ogoja where Ikenga was arrested and the vehicle recovered.
The suspect however raised an alarm after his arrest which attracted his gang members.
“The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs. Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook, escaped with the stolen vehicle,” the police said.
The police IG who expressed sadness over the attack on his operatives warned traditional rulers and community leaders not to allow such incidents in their areas as they would be held accountable.
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