Unknown gunmen have killed three policemen at a police checkpoint in Agu Eze amaogudu, Abiriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.
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The officers have been identified as: Inspector Austin Ugwu, Inspector Longinus Ugochukwu, and PC Ama Ifeanyi.
Ude Oko Chukwu, the deputy governor of the state, who visited the community, assured residents that the state government will deploy all necessary resources available to ensure their protection.
Speaking to the residents at Orie Akwa square in the community, Chukwu, who was accompanied on the visit by the state commissioner for information, John Okiyi Kalu, called for community vigilance and support to security agents.
“The government is saddened by the unfortunate attack of this morning which led to the loss of lives of police officers at Agu Eze checkpoint and my boss, Governor Ikpeazu, on receiving the news asked me to come here and assure you that we will do everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly act and protect Ndi Abiriba and all law abiding people in the state,” he said.
“We call on you to maintain vigilance in order to fish out criminals and hoodlums who may want to come here to attack innocent people as they go about their their legitimate businesses.
“Government will give you all the necessary support and we have spoken to the security authorities to avoid indiscriminate arrests but ensure a painstaking investigation that will ensure that only those responsible for the dastardly act are brought to justice as quickly as possible.”
Chukwu had earlier visited the crime scene, where he sympathized with the families and friends of the officers who lost their lives in the attacks and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
He also visited the traditional ruler of the community and assured him of government’s support to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
He advised that a proper community vigilante and information gathering mechanism be put in place, to ensure prevention of further crimes.