The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in the unprovoked and gruesome attack on Police officers in a community in Cross River State.
The affected officers were said to be on a legitimate mission to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in a community before they were attacked.
The attack which occurred on the 17th April at Ogoja Community, was masterminded and executed by one Ikenga, a notorious receiver of stolen property, and his gang members.
According to the Police account, four Police officers attached to IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep matchet cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
The detectives are said to be investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna Bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos. The detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four male suspects – Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.
The suspects who were said to have been 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, 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 #250, 000. With this discovery, the detectives were said to have proceeded straight to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver Ikenga was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered.
Premised on the above, the IGP therefore ordered for the immediate manhunt and arrest of Mr IKenga and other members of his gang, while urging members of the public to avail the police with credible and useful information that will lead to the apprehension of all persons involved in what they described as “unwholesome and illegal acts”.