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Anambra: 5 injured as Police, Army clash with gunmen


At least five persons were said to have been injured at Uli, close to the Campus of the Anambra State University, when a combined team of soldiers and the police clashed with gunmen in the area.

It was gathered that the gunmen had robbed a Point of Sales (POS), operator in the area of the sum of N800,000, before they started shooting indiscriminately which led to a stampede in the area.

On getting wind of the incident, the Anambra State Joint Task Force on Security made up of Police, Army and other sister security organisations moved swiftly and engaged the gunmen in a gun battle which made the hoodlums flee the area.

Though it is yet to be confirmed if there were deaths recorded during the exchange, it was gathered that between five to seven persons sustained various degrees of injury, as manhunt for the gunmen continues.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, in a release, no casualties were recorded, adding that security operatives repelled the hoodlums.

He said, “Anambra State Police Command Operatives have repelled and dispersed armed criminal elements, reported to have shot indiscriminately at Uli community, within the precinct of the Uli Campus of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University. The Operatives are on the trail of the hoodlums.

“Consequently, more operatives, operational, and intelligence resources of the command have been further deployed to the area to reinforce the security of the university and its environs.

“Credible information from eyewitnesses reveals that the gunmen started shooting indiscriminately and unprovoked, thereby causing fear among law-abiding citizens of the community. However, no casualty was recorded, and order has been fully restored in the area.

“Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Finance and administration and the Command’s acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Fidelis Ogarabe, psc, mnips, has ordered operatives to ensure that criminal elements are fished out.

“He reiterated the unwavering commitment of the command to maintain law and order, as well as the security and safety of residents of the community and state in general.”


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