The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in the unprovoked and gruesome attack on Police officers who were on a legitimate mission to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in Ogoja community in Cross River State on Wednesday April 17th.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the attack which occurred on the 17th April, 2019, at Ogoja Community, 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 wounded, with deep matchet cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
The detectives (the victims of the savage attack) are 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 investigation, confessed to indeed stealing the vehicle. They stated further that they had sold the vehicle to another criminal in Benue State, hence the detectives moved to Benue State with one of the suspects. The suspect in Benue State, upon his arrest, said he had sold the vehicle to another notorious receiver of stolen goods based in Ogoja for a sum of N250, 000.
With this discovery, the detectives proceeded to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver IKENGA was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered, the statement added.
The police noted however, that 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 weapon- wielding hoodlums. The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs. Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen vehicle.
The IGP while condemning the attack in very strong terms, warned that the Police under his watch will 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.
The IGP has therefore ordered for the immediate manhunt and arrest of Mr IKenga and other members of his gang. He also urged members of the public to avail the Police with credible information that will lead to the apprehension of all persons involved in these unwholesome and illegal acts, the statement added.