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Policemen wept over killing of colleagues, burning of 11 stations

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Policemen attached to the Anambra State Police command on Wednesday wept profusely over the killing of four of their members and burning of eleven Police Stations by Hoodlums in the state.

During the mayhem, two Divisional Police Officers DPOs in the state were killed, while an Inspector of Police was beheaded and his body burnt.

As a result, 17 suspects from Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi states have been arrested by the command in respect to the arson and killings, while some arms have equally been recovered.

Parading the suspects Wednesday at the Police headquarters in Amawbia, the Commissioner of Police, John Abang said the command was still in manhunt for the other fleeing suspects.

He said those who were involved in one way or the other during the mayhem in Anambra State must face the music.

According to Abang, “It is now common knowledge that hoodlums acting under the guise of “ENDSARS” protest attacked Police Stations in some parts of the State which resulted into loss of lives, looting and wanton destruction of properties.

“The hoodlums set ablaze eleven (11) Police Stations; burnt over twenty (20) vehicles including patrol & exhibit vehicles and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).

“They also vandalized six (6) other Police Stations and carted away motorcycles kept as exhibits. The Police also lost some rifles during the attacks.

“In the course of these heinous acts, the hoodlums murdered four (4) Police officers including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Osumenyi Division, CSP Akpan Joseph, ASP Agu Micheal, the Station Officer (SO), Osumenyi Division and a young PC Udegbunam Sunday Celestine leaving two (2) others injured.

“In their state of callousness, the hoodlums also murdered and beheaded Insp John Oche attached to the Anti- Cult Unit and burnt his body to ashes parading the streets with the deceased policeman’s head.

“In addition to attacking Police formations, other Government and private facilities such as the Revenue House, Ocha Brigade office and private Trucks loaded with goods were attacked and valuable properties looted.

“Despite concerted efforts by the hoodlums to create a state of lawlessness in the State, the Command stood its ground and repelled their attacks in various formations such as Area Command Onitsha, Ogidi, Awada, CPS Onitsha, Inland town and ‘B’ Divisions.”

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