- Christian Nnamani, a police sergeant, has been shot dead by some gunmen in Imo state
- The incident happened around 9pm on Tuesday, September 11, at Control Post Roundabout, Owerri
- The hoodlums made away with the AK-47 rifle belonging to the sergeant and reportedly shot a passerby
A police sergeant, identified as Christian Nnamani, was shot dead by some gunmen on Tuesday, September 11, around 9pm at Control Post Roundabout, in Owerri, Imo state, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered the hoodlums, who made away with the AK-47 rifle belonging to the slain cop, were reported to have also shot a passerby.
An eyewitness on Wednesday, September 12, said that some police officers were on a patrol when the gunmen struck.
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The state Police public relations officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirming the incident said after killing the sergeant, the assailants fled with his rifle. He said the passersby, who was hit by a bullet from the hoodlums, was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
The spokesperson a superintendent of police, said investigation had commenced into the incident, adding that the state commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, had ordered investigators to arrest the fleeing killers.
The police spokesperson said: “It is true; we lost a police sergeant last night (Tuesday). Sergeant Christian Nnamani, attached to Mobile Police 18, Owerri, was on a stop and search with his colleagues at Control Post junction, Owerri, when the incident happened.
“On sighting the sergeant, who was the last guard man, the hoodlums, who were in a green golf car, shot him dead and made away with his AK-47 rifle. A passerby was equally hit by bullets. The civilian was quickly rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where he is being treated."
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NAIJ.com previously reported that no fewer than four operatives of inspector-general of police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) were killed in Kaduna state by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers. Six of the kidnappers were also killed in the exchange of gun fire.
The leader of the team, Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, confirmed the killings and the deaths of the gallant policemen to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, August 12.
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