The police in Imo State on Monday shot and killed two gunmen who allegedly took part in attacks on Nigerian Correctional Service and Police Command headquarters in Owerri, on Monday, April 5, 2021.
According to the police spokesman in the state, Bala Elkana, the gunmen were killed during a gun duel which took place at Ochia Autonomous Community in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of the state.
Elkana gave the names of the suspects to be Uchenna Elendu of Umuokuzu Ochia and Elu Osinachi of Umuodibe Village.
He further disclosed that an AK 47 rifle with a cache of live ammunition was recovered from the suspects.
According to Elkana, the gun duel which lasted for two hours saw the suspects badly injured resulting in their being ferried to the hospital where Uchenna was confirmed dead on arrival while Osinachi who was in coma later died.
The police spokesman said; “In response to the mandate given to the Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to ensure that the hoodlums who attacked the Command headquarters Owerri and Correctional Centre, Owerri are apprehended, the Command on 24th May, 2021 at about 1820hours, carried out a well coordinated operation at Ochia Community, in Ohaji/Bema Local Government Area, Imo State.
“The hoodlums were engaged in a gun battle. During the gun duel that lasted for about two hours, two suspects believed to have masterminded the attack at the Police Headquarters and Correctional Centre, Owerri on 5th April, 2021, were fatally injured.
“The suspects are Uchenna Elendu’m of Umuokuzu Ochia area and Elu Osinachi’m of Umuodibe.
“The two suspects were taken to hospital for medical examination. The doctor on duty confirmed Uchenna dead on arrival while Osinachi Elu who was in coma, was subsequently confirmed dead”.
“One Ak47 Rifle with breach number 11654 and a cache of live ammunition were recovered. Also recovered are a number of expanded ammunition, machetes and criminal charms tied around the waist of the suspects.
“The operation will be sustained until all the perpetrators of the dastardly attack are brought to justice”.