For reportedly storming the Agwa Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State’s Oguta Local Government Area, an 18-year-old suspect and seven other people have been taken into custody.
Four police officers were killed when gunmen raided the facility on Saturday. A portion of the police station was also burned down.
However, the Imo State Police Command identified the adolescent suspect as Obioma Chibuike from the Agwa neighborhood two days after the crime.
The other suspects are Achazie Chidiebere, Onyedikachi Nwadike, Anayo Onyemere, Ifeanyi Mboyi, Chukwudi Onyeausi, Obodo Promise, and Ifeobu Ebubechi, whose ages range from 19 to 52.
Mike Abattam, the state’s police public relations officer, said in a statement that the tactical teams of the Command, acting on reliable intelligence, stormed some known criminal hideouts between the communities of Agwa and Izombe in the Oguta Local Government Area.
He claimed that during a gunfight between the hoodlums and police officers, eight of the hoodlums were captured while others of the suspects managed to flee due to the operatives’ greater weaponry.
“The Command’s tactical teams, on the 06/8/2022 at about 0300hrs, after a diligent gathering of credible intelligence, raided some identified criminal hideouts located between Agwa and Izombe communities in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, where the hoodlums, on sighting police operatives engaged them in a gun duel, in an attempt to escape arrest; but were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the operatives,” the statement read.
“While some suspects escaped, eight persons were arrested, they include the following: – Obioma Chibuike ‘M’ age 18 years, Achazie Chidiebere ‘M’ age 22 years, Onyedikachi Nwadike ‘M’ aged 19 years, Anayo Onyemere ‘M’ aged 51 years, Ifeanyi Mboyi ‘M’ aged 26 years, Chukwudi Onyeausi ‘M’ aged 29 years, Obodo Promise ‘M’ aged 17 years, Ifeobu Ebubechi ‘M’ aged 22 years.”
One pump action gun, two locally built weapons, six cutlasses, a Biafran flag, eight live cartridges, eight used cartridges, and one masquerade costume are just a few of the items found.
The police spokesperson urged state residents to take collective ownership of policing and to work with the Command and other security organizations to combat crime by reporting any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to the nearest police station.