On Saturday, the Imo State Police Command announced that a suspected terrorist posing as a citizen travelling to a funeral ceremony was killed in a gunfight with cops along the Owerri/Onitsha Road.
One of the suspects, Odedira Ezuala, a 23-year-old resident of Umudike Ihiala LGA in Anambra State, was apprehended, while others, including the motorcyclists, fled with bullet wounds.
According to a statement released on Saturday by the Command’s spokesperson, Michael Abattam, in an attempt to search the passengers on the bus, one of the suspected terrorists pulled out a Beretta Pistol and attempted to shoot at the police operatives, but he was neutralized, resulting in a shootout.
The statement also stated that “while the police command’s tactical teams were on a vigorous and aggressive stop and search operation, suspected gunmen masquerading as persons going for burial ceremony somewhere in the State, approached the Police check point in a convoy of three motorcycles carrying two passengers on each, alongside a passenger bus with registration number Anambra NNE 725 ZG carrying passengers, and displaying in front of the bus, a belated burial poster of late Mrs. Bridget Chine Nwadiozor dated 22/10/2021.
“On seeing the date on the belated poster, the Police operatives became suspicious and flagged them down for routine search. After searching the passengers on the motorcycles and nothing incriminating was seen, they went to the bus.
“The following Items were recovered from the bus: one (1) Police Special Berretta Pistol with breach No.90005 and Ten (10) rounds of live ammunition, one (1) Bus Imo with Reg. No. Anambra NNE 725 ZG and one (1) belated Burial Poster.
“The corpse of the neutralized bandit has been deposited in the Mortuary, while the arrested suspect is presently undergoing interrogation and has made useful statement to the police. Also, he has volunteered to assist the police in the arrest of his gang members that escaped.
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