A traffic warden was reportedly shot dead by gunmen in Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Tuesday.
The hoodlums were said to have invaded the city in two different vehicles and shot sporadically hitting the victim, an official of the Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), who was controlling traffic at the busy Ekwulobia junction.
According to a source, “The gunmen were said to be travelling in two vehicles. Similar gunshots were heard at Oko.”
Confirming the incident, Police spokesperson, Ikenga Tochukwu said the hoodlums shot sporadically in the area in attempt to disarm a Mobile Police officer on patrol.
He however said the officer quickly returned fire which made the gunmen flee the scene.
He said in a statement, “The Anambra State Police Command today 08/02/2022 has embarked on a robust patrol around the state with the aim to apprehend suspected hoodlums sighted along Ekwulobia, Umunze road this morning.
“The Patrol has a comprehensive operational asset of the command which comprise Mobile Police Operatives, Counter terrorist unit, Special forces, conventional police officers and among others
“Preliminary Information reveals along Umunze road that the hoodlums in attempt to disarm a mobile Police officer on patrol started shooting sporadically.
“The Mobile Police Officer returned the fire immediately, engaged the hoodlums which made the gun men flee the scene.
“Meanwhile, calm has returned in the area and further details shall be communicated please.”