Three Attackers Of Police Checkpoint Killed In Anambra – Army

A file photo of soldiers and a patrol vehicle.

 

Three of the gunmen who attacked a police checkpoint in Anambra State have been killed, Nigerian Army authorities have said.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed this in a statement on Saturday revealed that a policeman died during the incident.

He explained that the gunmen had attacked the police checkpoint along the Okija-Onitsha Expressway on Thursday before troops attached to Sector 5 of Exercise Golden Dawn arrived at the scene.

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“The gallant troops engaged and overwhelmed the gunmen with superior firepower, forcing them to flee the scene. Troops gave them a hot pursuit, and engaged the gunmen in a gun duel,” the statement said.

“The three gunmen, who drove in two vehicles – Hilux and hummer bus – eventually succumbed to troops’ effective firepower, while others fled with gunshot wounds.

“Unfortunately, a policeman paid the supreme price, in the line of duty, for his country.”

According to him, the soldiers also recovered a vehicle and two motorcycles while conducting a further search of the general area for the fleeing armed men.

In his reaction, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, commended the troops for the feat and urged them to sustain the momentum against all criminal elements operating in the South-East.

He also sympathised with the family of the slain policeman and prayed for the repose of his soul.

The army spokesman issued the statement a day after Yahaya addressed instructors at Depot Nigerian Army,  Nigerian Military School (NMS), Directorate of Army Physical Training (DAPT), and Army School of Physical Training (ASPT), during which he asked troops across the country to be alert and vigilant while discharging their duties.

The current security challenges, according to the army chief, call for all to be vigilant, and for troops to conduct themselves professionally while adhering to the rules of engagement and standard operating procedures.

One Feared Killed As Bandits Attack Police Checkpoint

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

One police officer has been feared killed as bandits attacked a mobile police checkpoint at Dogon-Gawa community of Takum Local Government Area, Taraba State.

The Chairman of the Council, Shiban Tikari, confirmed the incident to Channels Television noting the gunmen struck in the early hours of Saturday.

He added that he was there when the attack took place with over 200 of the bandits surrounding them.

According to him, there was a heavy gun duel between the police officers and the bandits leading to the death of one officer.

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Tikari alleged that the Tiv militias comprising of remnants of late Gana boys are responsible for the series of attacks in the southern zone of Taraba.

As at the time of this report, phone calls and text messages to the police public relations officer David Misal were not responded to.

This attack on police checkpoint Dogon-Gawa community comes days after gunmen killed four people in separate attacks carried out between Wednesday and Thursday in Taraba State.

The gunmen in their numbers first attacked Tor-Larshager a suburb community of Wukari Local Government Area killing a 70-year-old man and setting ablaze his residential apartment at about 9:00pm.

Gunmen Attack Checkpoint In Kaduna, Kill Policeman

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers yesterday attacked a police check point in Kaduna town, killing one policeman and injuring another officer during a shootout.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen who were carrying sophisticated guns attacked the policemen at a check point located in Ungwan Dosa area of Kaduna North Local Government.

Confirming the incident, state commissioner of Police, Mr Olufemi Adenaike told Channels Television that one of the policemen who sustained injury during the shootout died at St. Gerald Catholic Hospital in the town, where he was rushed to for treatment, while another officer is said to be responding to treatment.

Although it has not been confirmed what the mission of the gunmen was in the area, he said that the gunmen equally escaped with gunshot wounds.

The attack created pandemonium as residents of the area fled for their safety.

Security operatives have been drafted to the area to maintain law and order.

Lawmakers reject bill to return police checkpoints

The House of Representative on Tuesday rejected a bill requesting it to order the Acting Inspector General of Police to reverse his order on the dismantling of checkpoints across the country.

Friday Itulah (PDP Edo State) who sponsored the bill argued that the IG’s action had led to increased armed robberies on the highways.

He said armed robbers had taken advantage of the situation and were more daring than before on the highways.

Mr Itula called for an interactive session between the House Committee on Police Affairs and the police to discuss the matter.

Some other lawmakers spoke in favour of the bill to return police checkpoints to the roads while others spoke against it.

The speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal threw the motion up for vote and the voted against it.

Kicking against the motion, Ayo Omidiran and Udoh Ibeji recalled that armed robbers always unleashed terror on commuters when the checkpoints were in place, while the police could not respond appropriately.

Mrs Omidrian asked those clamouring for a return of the checkpoint to provide a statistics of how “many armed robbers and terrorists were the police operatives able to arrest at the various checkpoints across the country when roadblocks were in place?”

She received a thunderous “none” and commendation in response to the question.

They advised the IG to continue with his security plans, but urged him to quickly replace the checkpoints with regular patrols on the highways.