..Recover AK 47 Rifle with a cache of live ammunition
Disclosing this on Tuesday in Owerri, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Bala Elkana said that the suspects, Uchenna Elendu ‘m’ of Umukusu Ocha area and Elu Osinachi ‘m’ of Umuobube Awara were killed in a gun duel with the police that lasted over two hours at Ocha Community, Awara in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, Imo State.
According to him, the coordinated operation was carried out in response to the mandate given to the Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to ensure that the hoodlums who attacked the Command headquarters Owerri and Correctional Centre, Owerri are apprehended.
“The Command on 24th May 2021 at about 1820hours, carried out a well-coordinated operation at Ocha Community, Awara in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, Imo State where the hoodlums were apprehended.”
He explained that the hoodlums engaged the police in a gun battle that lasted for about two hours, where the suspects believed to have masterminded the attack at the Police Headquarters and Correctional Centre, Owerri on 5th April 2021, were fatally injured.
“The two suspects were taken to hospital for medical examination. The doctor on duty confirmed Uchenna dead on arrival while Osinachi Elu who was in coma was subsequently confirmed dead.
One Ak47 rifle with breach number 11654 and a cache of live ammunition were recovered. Also recovered are a number of expanded ammunition, matchets and criminal charms tied around the waist of the suspects.”
He said that the operation will be sustained until all the perpetrators of the dastardly attack are brought to justice.