Four Policemen attached to the Enugu Police Command escorting a bullion van to one of the First generation bank along Ogoja in Abakaliki have been killed by suspected armed robbers along Ezzamgbo, axis of the Enugu/Abakaliki Express road.
Confirming the incident, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Loveth Odah, said that apart from the 4 officers that were shot dead, others sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds.
The Police spokesperson said that the robbers operated with 2 vehicles, one in front of the bullion van while another was in from adding that on getting to the Ezzamgbo flyover which is still under construction, the robbers took advantage of the traffic congestion and opened fire on the security operatives.
DSP Odah noted that though the robbers did not succeed in carting away the money, she noted that the robbers headed back to Enugu after the failed operation.
An eyewitness who spoke to Leadership on grounds of anonymity, said that the robbers trailed the bullion van and on getting to Ezzamgbo junction, “They blocked the van but the driver refused to stop.”
“The armed robbers started shooting sporadically and also exchanged gun shots with the policemen leading to the death of four Policemen while others were seriously injured.”
“They couldn’t steal the money as the driver of the vehicle was able to escape with the money but with a wound on his hand”, he said.
The eyewitness further revealed that the bodies of the 4 policemen have been evacuated to a nearby hospital.
Leadership could not ascertain of there were other casualties during the exchange of the gun battle.