By Tony Adibe
The Enugu State Police Command said that its operatives have intercepted some criminal elements who might want to enforce the illegal Sit-At-Home in the One-Day area along the Agbani Road within the Capital city.
A statement issued on Friday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Ammani has reaffirmed the sustained onslaught against the criminals, and urged citizens to report individuals sighted with gunshot injuries.
Ndukwe’s statement read in part: “In its avowed commitment to ruthlessly deal with unrepentant subversive criminal elements, who may want to enforce the prohibited illegal sit-at-home order in Enugu State, Police Operatives serving in Awkunanaw Division of the Command, in the morning hours of today, 07/07/2023, intercepted armed criminal elements, who were attempting to snatch an ENTRACO branded Sharon minivan from its driver, at One-Day, along Agbani Road, Enugu.
“The gallant and eagle-eyed Operatives engaged the miscreants in a gun duel, forcing them to abandon the vehicle and narrowly escaped with varying degrees of fatal gunshot wounds, due to the superior firepower of the Operatives. An intense manhunt for the hoodlums is ongoing.
“The vehicle, with copious blood stains on the seats and other items therein, was recovered, and after a thorough search conducted, the following exhibits were recovered: *one (1) AK-47 rifle with a magazine loaded with nineteen (19) rounds of live 7.62 calibre of ammunition, two (2) bottles of petrol bomb, one (1) hammer, one (1) plyer and one (1) Jack-knife.”
Ndukwe said that other items recovered included a pair of canvass with blood stains abandoned by one of the escaping miscreants, fetish objects, one (1) mobile phone, three (3) criminal hoods, one (1) hooded long sleeves, another without a hood and other incriminating exhibits.
Meanwhile, Ammani, while lauding the gallant operatives, has reaffirmed that the “police and other security forces shall remain focused, sustain the ongoing onslaught against the subversive criminals and ensure that the good people of the state continue to go about their lawful businesses without fear of any kind.”
The Commissioner has also called on citizens of the State, especially owners of medical facilities and those residing within the Awkunanaw, One-Day, Topland and Achara Layout axis of Enugu metropolis, to promptly report to the police, anyone, dead or alive, sighted with gunshot wounds.