Nigeria Police Declares one Ikenga, Others Wanted Over Gruesome Attack On Police Officers
London, April 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Muhammed .A. Adamu, has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in the gruesome attack on Police officers who were on a legitimate assignment to arrest some suspected armed robbers in Cross Rivers State.
The officers of the IGP Intelligence Response Team, IRT on 17th April, 2019 were on mission to Ogoja community in Cross Rivers to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle when they were attacked.
According to the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, one Ikenga, a notorious receiver of stolen property, and his gang members masterminded the gruesome attack.
Mba said, four (4) Police officers attached to IRT unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep matchet cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
The attacked detectives are investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna Bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos and the detailed detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four (4) male suspects namely, Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.
The suspects who were positively implicated in the crime by Police investigation, confessed to indeed stealing the vehicle.
They stated further that they had sold the vehicle to another criminal in Benue State hence, the detectives moved to Benue State with one of the suspects.
On arrest of the suspect in Benue State, he stated that he had sold the vehicle to another notorious receiver of stolen goods based in Ogoja for a sum of N250, 000 Naira and with the revelation, the detectives proceeded to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver IKENGA was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered.
Mba revealed that, in a bizarre twist, shortly after his arrest, the suspect raised an alarm in his native language which attracted his gang members. “Subsequently, the policemen came under serious physical attack from weapon- wielding hoodlums. The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs. Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen vehicle”, he said.
The IGP while condemning the attack in very strong terms, warned that the Police under his watch will not tolerate criminal attacks and assault on its personnel or facilities.
He enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to allow such attacks to take place in their domain as they may be called to account and subsequently ordered for the immediate manhunt and arrest of Mr IKenga and other members of his gang.
He also urged members of the public to avail the Police with credible and useful information that will lead to the apprehension of all persons involved in these unwholesome and illegal acts.