The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the killings of three policemen attached to the Delta State governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The gunmen had on Friday attacked Okowa’s advance security team in Ihiala Local Government Area on their way to Abia State for an official assignment.
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that three policemen from the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), Delta State Police Command, Asaba, attached to the state government house in Asaba, were killed in the incident.
When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, said he cannot comment on the matter because it “happened in Anambra State.”
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Daily Trust on Sunday also gathered through a police officer attached to the Anambra State Command, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, that the names of the three deceased police officers were Inspectors Lucky Aleh, Celestine Nwadiokwu and Jude Obuh.
A source said, “Four officers were in the vehicle but one was on mufti so he was freed while the three in uniform were killed. The escort commander from the Government House, Asaba, was sent to bring their corpses and deposit in a mortuary in Asaba.”
The spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed this in a statement, said the police officers were found fatally wounded.
“On 10/2/2023, by 2:40pm, police officers attached to Ihiala Area Command, responding to a distress call along Ishieke Road, Ihiala, recovered the bodies of three fatally wounded policemen.
“The officers came under attack and their vehicle was set ablaze by unidentified armed men,” he said, adding that the command was making efforts to apprehend the perpetrators.