Tony Icheku in Owerri
Two policemen and a civilian were yesterday killed by gunmen at Ahiara junction in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state.
The incident took place while the new Imo State Commissioner of Police Danjuma Aboki was touring the area.
A source, who witnessed the incident said the gunmen who came on a motorcycle opened fire at the policemen and killed two on the spot. The third victim, a civilian was hit by a stray bullet and he died on the spot.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Henry Okoye, said that the command had declared a manhunt for the fleeing suspects.
He said: “The Commissioner of Police (CP) Imo State Command, Aboki Danjuma; Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade and Joint Task Force (JTF) operatives are combing the scene of crime for evidence that will possibly lead to the arrest of hoodlums responsible for the attack and killing of two policemen at Ahiara Junction, in Ahaizu Mbaise LGA of Imo State.”
On Sunday, the lifeless body of the traditional ruler of Otulu autonomous community in nearby Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Eze Joe Ochulor was found dead by the roadside in the neighboring Aboh Mbaise LGA.
The monarch was earlier kidnapped from his Palace on Saturday morning.
Also, few days earlier, the ward chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Ife/ Akpodim/ chokoneze ward of Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA of the state, Chiedoziem Anyanwu was assassinated in the presence of his wife.