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NEWS UPDATE: Police kill suspected terrorist masquerading as mourner in Imo

NEWS UPDATE: Police kill suspected terrorist masquerading as mourner in Imo

The Imo Province Police force Command, on Saturday, said it has killed a suspected terrorist masquerading as individual going for burial ceremony, along Owerri/Onitsha Route during a gun duel with officers.

The police force command also arrested one of the suspects, Odedira Ezuala aged 23yrs, a native of Umudike Ihiala LGA of Anambra Province, patch others including the motorcyclists, escaped with bullet wounds.

In a statement released on Saturday by the spokesperson of the Command, Michael Abattam, he said in the tender to search the passengers in the autobus, one of suspected terrorists pulled out a Berretta Pistol and in an endeavour to shot at the police force operatives, he was neutralized which led to a shoot out.

The statement also stated that “patch the police force command’s tactical teams were on a vigorous and aggressive halt and search surgical process, suspected gunmen masquerading as persons going for burial ceremony somewhere in the Province, approached the Police force check dot in a convoy of 3 motorcycles carrying 2 passengers on each, amongst a rider autobus with registration number Anambra NNE 725 ZG carrying passengers, and displaying in front end of the autobus, a belated burial poster of tardily Mrs. Bridget Chine Nwadiozor dated 22/10/2021.

“On seeing the date on the belated poster, the Police force operatives became suspicious and flagged them downwardly for routine search. After searching the passengers on the motorcycles and nil incriminating was seen, they went to the autobus.

“The next Items were recovered from the autobus: one (1) Police force Special Berretta Pistol with breach No.90005 and 10 (10) rounds of live ammunition, one (1) Omnibus Imo with Reg. No. Anambra NNE 725 ZG and one (1) belated Burial Poster.

“The corpse of the neutralized bandit has been deposited in the Mortuary, patch the arrested suspect is presently undergoing interrogation and has made useful statement to the police force. Also, he has volunteered to assist the police force in the arrest of his gang members that escaped.

“The Commissioner of Police force patch commending the officers and men for their gallantry urged them to sustain the tempo, he and then thanked the good people of Imo Province for their unalloyed back up and assured them of the command’s synergy with other security agencies in ensuring that the yuletide flavour is criminal offense release.

“He also advised them to be wary of the people living around them and to written report whatsoever suspicious activities observed within their neighborhood or whatsoever individual(s) seen with bullet wounds to the nearest police force station or ring the command’s emergency numbers 08034773600 or 08098880197.”

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