Gunmen have allegedly killed four people in the Amiyi/Eke Ochuche communities of Ogbaru LGA in Anambra.
According to Ikenga Tochukwu, the police spokesperson in Anambra, the gunmen targeted the convoy transporting United States consulate staff. He stated, “Hoodlums murdered two of the PMF operatives and two staff of the consulate,” and added that the gunmen set fire to the victims’ bodies.
Tochukwu said, “Security forces have embarked on a rescue/recovery operation in Ogbaru LGA, following an attack on a convoy of staff of US consulate today 16/5/2023 by 3:30 pm along Atani, Osamale road. The hoodlums murdered two of the PMF operatives, and two staff of the consulate, and set their bodies ablaze and their vehicles.”
He further explained, “Also, the arsonist/murderers on sighting the responding joint security forces abducted two police operatives, the driver of the second vehicle, and took to their heels. No US citizen was in the convoy.
The command, while reacting to the incident, regrets that a convoy of such or any related will enter the state without recourse to the police in the area or any security agency, assured that the battle against the insurgents in the state is focused and it will remain sustained until such a time security stability is fully restored.”
The US mission in Nigeria acknowledged the incident and emphasized the importance of their personnel’s security. A spokesperson from the US mission stated, “We confirm there was an incident on May 16 in Anambra state. U.S. Mission Nigeria personnel are working with Nigerian security services to investigate.
The security of our personnel is always paramount, and we take extensive precautions when organizing trips to the field. We have no further comment at this time.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.