–      Vows To Ensure That Justice Prevails

The Abia State Police Command has confirmed reports that the convoy of the State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Dr Chimezie Isaac Ukaegbu was attacked and the death of two policemen who were shot in the process.

In a press statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Maureen Chioma Chinaka, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, the command confirmed the incident which it described as unfortunate and promised to do all within its powers to unravel the mystery surrounding the dastardly act in addition to bringing the perpetrators to book.

The release, while condemning the reprehensible violent act, also urged the public to avail the police of credible information about the incident to enable them get to the root of the matter.

The statement reads in full, “At approximately 4 PM on Tuesday, 25/07/2023, a distressing incident occurred at SAMEC, located near Faulks Road in Aba. A group of hoodlums launched an attack on the convoy of the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, and Industry during the honorable commissioner’s familiarization tour to markets in the Aba metropolis. The convoy was en route to Ekeoha shopping plaza when the armed assailants opened fire.

“Regrettably, amidst the chaos, two police officers lost their lives in the line of duty. A police constable who was part of the security convoy, was fatally shot. Additionally, a police inspector who was not initially part of the convoy but happened to be on a separate assignment with a police Hilux, also met the scene and tragically lost his life. Furthermore, the hoodlums set ablaze a vehicle belonging to the Ministry for Trade, Commerce, and Investment.

“The Commissioner of Police assures the public that every possible effort will be exerted as discreet investigations are ongoing to ensure justice is served. We condemn this cowardly act of violence and remain steadfast in our resolve to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“We urge the public to remain calm, vigilant, and cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies. Any information, regardless of how insignificant it may seem, could prove pivotal in identifying and apprehending the culprits responsible for this heinous act.

“In conclusion, we emphasize our unwavering commitment to pursuing justice and upholding the triumph of good over evil.

“Together, as a united community, we shall prevail against such senseless acts of violence”.