Police have ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in the attack on Police officers who were on a legitimate mission to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in a community in Cross River State.
The order of arrest was issued by the Inspector General of Police, M.A Adamu, who described the attack which occurred on the 17th April, 2019, at Ogoja Community as unprovoked and unwarranted.
The Nigerian police is accusing one Ikenga as the masterminded of the attack and described him as a notorious receiver of stolen property.
Four (4) Police officers attached to IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep matchet cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies, by the suspect and some alleged members of his gang at Ogoja
…detectives are investigating case of stolen Toyota Sienna Bus
A statement from the force public Relations Officer, DCP FRANK MBA stated that the detectives are investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna Bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos. The detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four (4) male suspects – Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.
….Suspects confessed to indeed stealing the vehicle
The suspects who were positively implicated in the crime by Police investigation, alleged to have confessed to indeed stealing the vehicle.
They stated further that they had sold the vehicle to another criminal in Benue State. Hence, detectives moved to Benue State with one of the suspects. On arrest of the suspect in Benue State, he stated that he had sold the vehicle to a receiver of stolen goods based in Ogoja for a sum of #250, 000 Naira.
With this discovery, the detectives proceeded straight to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver IKENGA was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered.
The statement narrated that a bizarre twist, occurred shortly after his arrest, the suspect raised an alarm in his native language which attracted his alleged gang members. Subsequently, the policemen came under serious physical attack from weapon- wielding hoodlums.
…Officers butchered by these armed gangs
The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs. According to police narration, the suspect, Mr Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen vehicle.
The IGP while condemning the attack warned that the Police under his watch will not tolerate criminal attacks and assault on its personnel or facilities. He enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to allow such attacks to take place in their domain as they may be called to account.
…IGP order immediate manhunt and arrest of Mr IKenga
The IGP has therefore ordered for the immediate manhunt and arrest of Mr IKenga and other members of his gang. He also urged members of the public to avail the Police with credible and useful information that will lead to the apprehension of all persons involved in these illegal acts.