Two members of law enforcement, one police officer and one member of the Anambra State Vigilante Service, lost their lives during a gunfight with a group of hoodlums in Obosi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area. The altercation took place at approximately 11:00pm on Thursday night opposite a church along the Nkpor/Obosi highway.
According to reports, the officers were on a routine patrol when they encountered the hoodlums, leading to a prolonged gun battle. The police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident and referred to it as an “arsonist attack.” He also stated that several dangerous weapons, including unexploded explosives, were recovered from the scene.
Ikenga described the events of the night, saying that the hoodlums arrived in three unmarked vehicles and began shooting indiscriminately, as well as throwing petrol bombs towards the police station. Despite the attack, the police and vigilante officers stood their ground and successfully prevented the hoodlums from causing significant damage to the buildings and facilities.
Sadly, during the exchange of gunfire, one police officer and one vigilante member were tragically hit and killed by bullets. Additionally, a fire that was ignited by one of the petrol bombs thrown by the hoodlums partially damaged some of the offices in the formation.