Help us to arrest fleeing gunmen, police beg Anambra hospital owners


Anambra State Police Command has called on proprietors of private hospitals and managers of public health facilities to help them to arrest fleeing gunmen, who escaped with bullet injuries after an encounter with security operatives.

It was learnt that on Monday morning, some heavily armed gunmen ambushed operatives of the Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG) in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State but were repelled.

Two of the gunmen were killed and two AK-47 rifles were recovered from them while their gang members escaped with bullet injuries.

Anambra State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga who confirmed the incident said operatives have inspected the scene of the event and have gone into partnership with the AVG to ensure that the fleeing suspects are apprehended.

Ikenga said; “From what our men were able to find out, the fleeing suspects sustained bullet injuries and we are working with AVG operatives to ensure we track them down.

“We are only calling on operators of private hospitals and managers of public hospitals in the area to be alert and report people with bullet injuries when they come for treatment.

“You may not entirely reject them but upon admission, make sure you alert the police, so we can pick such a person and investigate the source of such bullet injury.”

It was gathered that on Monday morning in Okija, Ihiala local government area of the state, around 3.30am gunmen numbering about 15 stormed the camp of the vigilante members, thinking they were sleeping.

An AVG member said, “The gunmen came with AK-47 riffles and different charms. When they came, they opened fire on us without knowing they stepped into the lion’s den. Let them continue coming we are ready for them.

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