A gun duel between the operatives of the Imo State Police Command and bandits on Wednesday, May 3 in Agwa Community in Oguta Local Government Area of the state reportedly claimed the lives of a police officer and two of the hoodlums.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Michael Abattam disclosed this in a statement.
Abattam informed that the gun duel was triggered off when miscreants suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network, ESN emerged from the surrounding bushes to open fire on police operatives who were conducting a stoo-and-search operation in the area
Abattam added that the police operatives responded engaging the hoodlums in a fire fight while requesting for a backup from the Divisional Headquarters at Agwa.
He said the tactical teams that were stationed in the area upon receiving the distress call stormed the area and engage the malefactors in a fire fight neutralizing two of the miscreants.
Abattam said the rest of the bandits fled with bullet wounds into the bush, adding that the police operatives later combed the bush and recovered the arms of the fleeing separatists.
He listed two locally made double barrel guns with seven live cartridges and 10 expended cartridges as the arms recovered at the scene.
The spokesman of the police in the state disclosed that the hoodlums shot dead one of the police officers who gallantly paid the supreme price while, others were treated and discharged from the hospital for minor injuries they sustained.
Abattam further informed that the corpses of the hoodlums were later deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri mortuary while investigation is ongoing.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde has condoled with the family of the officer who lost his life gallantly.
The CP advised the officers and men not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
Barde also appealed to Imolites for their support and collaboration in giving the police and other security agencies credible and timely information and to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community, to the nearest police station for prompt action.