THE Anambra State police command has arrested 13 persons
suspected to be involved in the disturbances by some hoodlums in Onitsha,
which claimed the lives of a policeman, a pregnant woman and her two
children in the commercial town on Thursday.
Vanguard gathered that over 100 youths went on rampage following the
death of the pregnant woman and her two children when a lorry driver lost
control as he tried to escape when flagged down by policemen at a check
The statement by Nwode yesterday said: “Anambra State police command
received a distress call that misguided elements numbering over 100 went
on rampage and attacked a police check point at Km 4/6 along Onitsha-
Owerri road manned by visiting police mobile unit attached to 3 PMF
“In the process, they killed on the spot, one SGT. Uchenna Ezike who was
on duty. They took away his Ak-47 riffle, set ablaze four vehicles and
destroyed part of Bontus Group, which is a company located in the area.
“Following the distress call, police patrol teams led by the Divisional Police
Officer, DPO, in charge of Okpoko, rushed to the scene, restored normalcy
and arrested the13 suspects, including one Paul Igwe in whose custody the
deceased police riffle was recovered.”
According to Nwode, the bodies of the four persons who lost their lives
during the fracas had been deposited in the mortuary for post mortem
She said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, had
ordered for full scale investigation to ascertain the actual cause of the
incident with a view to fishing out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
The command also warned that police would not take it lightly with any
person or group that tried to take laws into their hands in the state.