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ENUGU: Police dislodge criminals enforcing sit-at-home

THE Police in Enugu yesterday removed a bunch of criminals who were implementing the state’s sit-at-home order.

A dissident group of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Finland-based Simon Ekpa organized a five-day sit-in in the South-East last week.

The government, on the other hand, had directed that residents disregard the order and go about their normal business.

The state police command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the development in an Enugu statement, saying that some of the hoodlums were injured during the operation.

He also stated that they recovered one AK-47 weapon loaded with 19 rounds of live 7.62 calibre ammunition, two bottles of petrol bomb, one hammer, one plier, and one Jack-knife from the offenders.

A pair of blood-stained canvass abandoned by one of the criminals, fetish objects, a mobile phone, three criminal hoods, one hooded long sleeve, and other items were also retrieved.

According to Ndukwe, the hoodlums went out to implement the sit-at-home order, but were overcome by police operatives at One-Day Junction on Agbani Road in Enugu.

The spokesman said: “The gallant and eagle-eyed operatives engaged the miscreants in a gun duel, forcing them to abandon the vehicle and narrowly escape with varying degrees of fatal gunshot wounds, due to the superior firepower of the operatives.“An intense manhunt for the hoodlums is ongoing; while the vehicle, with copious blood stains on the seats and other items therein, was recovered among other incriminating items.”

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