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Police officer fatally shot by hoodlums in Ebonyi

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In a tragic incident, the Ebonyi State Police command has confirmed the killing of a police officer at the Union Bank Junction in Abakaliki local government area. The officer was shot by unidentified gunmen, sparking a shootout with the police. The authorities are actively investigating the incident and seeking information from the public to bring the perpetrators to justice. Let’s delve into the details of this unfortunate event.

According to a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, the incident occurred on May 22, 2023, around 8:30 pm. The police officers, who were conducting stop and search duties at Union Bank roundabout, encountered heavily armed hoodlums with unknown motives. A fierce shootout ensued, resulting in the unfortunate death of one police officer and injuries to two others, who are currently receiving medical treatment. The hoodlums managed to escape, but not without sustaining casualties.

The Commissioner of Police, Faleye Olayele, expressed deep condolences over the loss of the officer and urged the public to assist in tracking down the suspects. He appealed to anyone who notices individuals with bullet wounds or seeking medical attention for such injuries to promptly report them to the authorities. The police are actively working to ensure the safety and security of the citizens, and measures have been put in place to prevent further incidents.

The killing of a police officer in Ebonyi State highlights the ongoing challenges faced by law enforcement in maintaining peace and security. The authorities are determined to bring the perpetrators to justice and have urged the public to assist in the investigation. This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by police officers in the line of duty and the importance of collective efforts to combat criminal activities. The Ebonyi State Police command is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of its citizens and will relentlessly pursue the offenders until they are apprehended.

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