Ebonyi State police command, on Tuesday, confirmed the murder of a highly ranked officer by armed hoodlums at the Union Bank roundabout, Abakaliki, capital of the state.
The victim, whose name is yet to be revealed as of the time of filing this report, was murdered by the armed hoodlums on Monday night, while two other police officers sustained serious bullet injuries.
DAILY POST reports that the police officers were on stop and search duty at the Union Bank roundabout, the area where banks are concentrated in the State Capital.
The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi state command, CP. Faleye Olayele confirmed the incident in a statement available to newsmen by the command’s spokesperson, Onome Onovwakpoyeya.
The commissioner said: “The Operatives of the Command on stop and search duty at Union Bank roundabout, the area where banks are concentrated in the State Capital, engaged in a shootout with heavily armed hoodlums, whose missions were unknown in the area.
“Sadly, one of the operatives paid the supreme price, while two others were injured and are receiving treatment in the hospital. Also, the hoodlums equally recorded casualties but were taken away.”
The commissioner vowed to ensure that the killers were brought to book to answer for the crime they committed in the state.
“The general public should remain calm, as measures have been placed to protect the lives and property of the citizens,” he said.
Olayele appealed to the members of the public to report anyone seen with a bullet wound or soliciting for treatment for same in the state.