The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in the unprovoked and gruesome attack on police officers in Ogoja, Cross River.
The policemen were on a legitimate mission to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in a community in the state, Mr Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, said on Tuesday.
The attack which occurred on the 17th April 2019 was masterminded and executed by one Ikenga, a notorious receiver of stolen property, and his gang members.
Four police officers attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit were seriously and grievously wounded.
They had deep matchet cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
The detectives were 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 positively implicated in the crime by police, confessed they stole and sold the vehicle to another criminal in Benue State.
The detectives moved to Benue with one of the suspects.
“On the 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.
“With this discovery, the detectives proceeded straight to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver Ikenga was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered.
“However, 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 the weapon- wielding hoodlums.
“The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs. Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen vehicle.’’
The police boss condemned the attack and warned that the police under his watch would 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.
Adamu, therefore, ordered for the immediate manhunt and arrest of 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.