The people of ANAMBRA State were left stupefied last Wednesday after news filtered in about the gruesome killing of two police men attached to two patrol teams at Nkpologwu and Omogho in Aguata and Orumba North LGAs of the state, reports Jude Atupulazi.
According to reports, gunmen who drove in both a saloon car and a black Mercedes Benz 4Matic SUV, at about 11:30 am, had opened fire on the policemen deployed to patrol the two locations. This had resulted in the instant death of two of the officers, while two others were left seriously wounded. The other policemen scampered away.
But reacting to the gory incident, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas, vowed to bring the killers to justice. The killing was coming barely days after Kuryas assumed duty as the new police boss in Anambra State.
When he visited the scene of the killing, the Police Commissioner had directed police operatives to find out the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring the perpetrators to book.
The shooting also came a day after the new police chief had vowed to deal with criminals in the state during his maiden press interaction with journalists.
He promised to tackle the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal revenue collections and other security challenges in the state.
The CP had followed up by visiting the black spots and flashpoints at Enugu-Agidi, Ukwulu road; toll gate; Borromeo Roundabout; Head Bridge, Onitsha; Upper Iweka; Owerri Road/Aba Park and Nkpor Roundabout in Idemili North Local Government Area.
He said the Purpose of the visit was for local knowledge and to obtain first-hand information about the pattern of crimes being perpetrated in those areas with a view to curtailing them through effective deployment and visibility patrols.
The killing of the police officers happened on a day when four child hawkers and were crushed by a truck at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, after the truck had been stopped by government revenue collectors.
This news was disclosed by the Public Education Officer of the Anambra State Sector of Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Florence N. Edor, in a press statement.
According to her, at about 7.30am four female hawkers were crushed to death by a blue M/Benz truck, number, XF 259 UNZ, driven by an unidentified driver.
Eyewitness accounts indicated that the truck driver had a disagreement with the revenue collectors at Upper Iweka Flyover and the truck rolled back and crushed the four female hawkers along the road.
The FRSC Public Education Officer said that a rescue team from her organization, Nigeria Army and Nigeria Police, rushed the victims to Toronto Hospital where they were confirmed dead by doctors on duty.
She said the driver had been handed over to the police for further investigations.
It will be recalled that the state government had recently banned the collection of revenue on highways after similar incidents in the past, but the ban had been ignored.