No fewer than nine persons were killed in Anambra State in different circumstances on Monday.
While two policemen and three others were killed during an attack on the Anambra Zonal Police Headquarters in Ukpo, Dunukfia Local Government Area of the state, four others were killed in cult-related violence.
The attack on the police headquarters happened around 4am.
A source said, “Some hoodlums invaded the zonal headquarters at Ukpo in the early hours of Monday, but our gallant men repelled the attack.
“In the process, the hoodlums killed two of our men, while our men gunned down three of their men, but they quickly carried their fallen men and zoomed off.
“One of their General Purpose Machine Guns was recovered by the police. The reasons behind the attack could not be immediately ascertained.
“The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, Kuryas Monday, who is standing in for the Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, has commended the police operatives for putting up a strong resistance against the attackers.”
Nwode said the CP was personally leading a special operation aimed at tracing, identifying and arresting the perpetrators to bring them to justice, adding that proprietors of private and public, including unorthodox medical facilities in and around the state, should report anyone found seeking medical attention for bullet wounds and related injuries to the nearest police station.
Similarly, four persons were killed by gunmen in Awka, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Ikenga Tochukwu, while confirming the incident, said it was a cult clash.
He said five suspects had already been apprehended by the command, while the matter was under investigation
Tochukwu stated that those behind the dastardly act would not go unpunished, adding that the command would not fold its arms and allow miscreants to take over the state.
While one of the victims was shot and killed at the Unizik junction, the others were gunned down at different points in Ifite, Awka South Local Government Area of the state.