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Police Inspector, Two Others Killed In Clash With Suspected Cultists In Abia

A gun shootout between the police and suspected cultists, at Ndiegoro Community, in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State, has left two persons dead alongside a police inspector.

The suspected cultists, who had blocked a police patrol team from the Ndiegoro Division in the area, during the duel killed a police inspector according to Vanguard.

Police sources, said that the suspected cultists, who engaged the police in the shootout, were members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The source said that the hoodlums killed the Police Inspector and injured others, but also lost two of their own members. They made away with an AK-47 rifle, belonging to the slain police inspector.

“The Police officer, who was killed by the hoodlums was on routine patrol duty with his colleagues on Umuanyogu Street, Iheorji Ohanku Road, Aba when the hoodlums, who were over 200 chanting war-like songs blocked their Patrol van singing about Biafra.

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“It’s bad that when the Police are killed, nobody talks about it but when a citizen, who attacked the Police dies in the act. people rise against the Police and call them all sorts of names.”

A resident of the Iheorji community, however, told Vanguard that the incident occurred when some police officers from the Ndiegoro Police Division were allegedly extorting motorists and some drug dealers in the area before a disagreement came up leading to the shootout.

“Remember that this same incident happened in 2018 in the same Ndiegoro Division when a police officer was killed and police came to Ndiegoro areas like Okojombo, Ntueke and other streets burning properties and destroying lives.

“They usually come to criminal drug areas here to collect money and when they have disagreements, it leads to such killings and this one, I learnt it was between them and some Aro cultists, who we know have taken control of Ndiegoro area for some years now.

“This place is under-policed. Only one police station oversees the whole neighbourhood in Aba. What do we expect? Why must Ndiegoro Police Division be having such problems all the time? Something must be done,” the resident said.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, when contacted, explained that the hoodlums were suspected members of ESN, which is contrary to the account of the incident by residents of the area.


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