One dead, three rifles, Sienna Bus recovered as police fight with Terrorists in Imo

Police in Imo State seized three rifles, a Toyota Sienna bus and killed a man when a police check point came under attack on Thursday.

In a statement released by SP Michael Abattam, the PRO of the Imo State Police Command, five of the six man gang ran away into the nearby bushes.

The statement further added that the owner of the Sienna bus which was stolen, has been informed to come and clear his car with necessary documents.

“On 27/10/2022 at 0900hrs, luck ran against a six-man terror gang, who came in a sienna vehicle with registration number ABUJA-GWA 932 CQ, and attacked the Police Operatives while conducting stop and search duty along UBA Round About Orlu, Imo State.

“The hoodlums who came prepared, shooting sporadically at the Police Operatives were shocked by the alertness and dexterity displayed by the gallant police operatives who responded swiftly, positioning themselves professionally.

“In the gun duel that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the police and in the process one of the hoodlums was neutralised while others escaped into the adjoining bushes with fatal bullet injuries abandoning their sienna vehicle, one AK47 rifle with fifteen (15) rounds of live ammunition, two (2) English made Pump Action guns with ten (10) rounds of live catridges and assorted charms.All the abandoned items were recovered by the police operatives to the station. While the corpse was later removed from the scene and deposited at a nearby mortuary.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the sienna vehicle used by the terror gang was snatched from its owner in Amurie Omanze in Isu Local Government Area of Imo State and it was reported at Njaba Police Station.

“However, the owner has been contacted to come with proof of ownership for the collection of his vehicle. While the Command’s Tactical Teams are working assiduously to arrest the fleeing suspects,” the statement added.

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