On Sunday, the Imo Police Command thwarted another attempt by hoodlums to attack the command’s headquarters in Owerri, killing five of the attackers in a gun duel.
Additionally, the command announced that it had launched an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Uguchi Unachukwu, who returned home from Germany on May 31 and was allegedly murdered.
In a statement signed by the command’s spokesman, SP Bala Alkana, Commissioner of Police in Imo, CP Abutu Yaro, confirmed the failed attack.
Yaro stated that five of the hoodlums were killed in crossfire, while others fled with bullet wounds.
“Hoodlums posing as unidentified gunmen attempted to attack the police headquarters this morning but were soundly defeated.
“They attempted to gain access to the police headquarters via the Works Layout surrounding Avan Nursery and Primary School but were met with vehement resistance.
“They arrived in a white Hummer. Five of the hoodlums were killed and several others were injured during an exchange of fire.
“The Hummer bus was recovered with four Ak47 rifles that had been stolen from police officers during a recent attack on their station, while officers were deployed to apprehend the fleeing hoodlums.
Concerning Unachukwu’s death, the police commissioner stated that the command would investigate the circumstances surrounding his demise. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Unachukwu was shot and killed while on his way to the Sam Mbakwe Airport to catch a flight back to Germany.
He was allegedly assassinated by men dressed in military uniform in front of his wife and two children.
The CP vowed to go to any length to resolve the incident.
“On May 31, 2021, at approximately 0804 hours, the deceased person was allegedly shot by personnel believed to be members of the Nigerian Air Force’s 211 Regiment, which is responsible for the security of the International Airport.
“It is believed that the deceased was on his way to catch a flight to Lagos. According to a survivor, one of the Air Force operatives shot Unachukwu’s car when he failed to stop at an Air Force check point after being flagged down.
“The Air Force team stationed at the toll gate, who were already on high alert following the recent assassination of a prominent politician in the same area, intercepted a fast approaching Mercedes Benz vehicle.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that personnel flagged down the vehicle and directed the driver to pull over to the side of the road for a search, but the driver, who initially slowed down and pretended to pull over, abruptly took off.
“According to the Air Force, suspicious of the stated vehicle’s occupants’ mission at the International Airport, they attempted to demobilise the vehicle, and when it finally came to a halt, the operatives rounded it up and ordered the occupants out.
“At this point, a female passenger in the car mentioned that the driver was her husband and that he was rushing to catch his flight.
“He was, however, rushed to hospital for medical attention by the Air Force team, where the doctors on duty made frantic efforts to stabilise him, but he died later that day at approximately 1900 hours.
“We seek tranquillity and assure the deceased’s family and friends that no stone will be left unturned in determining the circumstances surrounding his death,” the statement read.