By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki
At about 2030hrs, Monday night, one police officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen while two others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The gunmen launched the attack at the police checkpoint at Union Bank Junction, where a team of police officers mounted road block on stop and search duty.
According to a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Onome Onovewakpoyeya, two other officers sustained injuries and are receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Faleye Olaleye therefore appeals to members of the public to report anyone seen with bullet wound or soliciting for treatment elsewhere.
“On the 22/05/2023 at about 2030hrs, the Operatives of the Command on Stop and Search duty at Union Bank roundabout, the area where banks are concentrated in the State Capital, engaged in a shootout with heavily armed hoodlums, whose mission were unknown in the area.
“Sadly, one of the Operatives paid the supreme price, while two others were injured and are receiving treatment in the hospital. Also, the hoodlums equally recorded casualties but were taken away.
“The Commissioner of Police, therefore, appeals to members of the public to report anyone seen with bullet wound or soliciting for treatment for same.
“Conclusively, the Commissioner Of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Faleye S. Olayele, Psc enjoins members of the Public to remain calm, as measures have been emplaced to protect lives and property of the Citizens and that the Command will not rest on its oars until the perpetrators are hound down,” it said.