The acting Inspector – General of Police , Adamu Mohammed , has ordered the arrest of the hoodlums who attacked four policemen attached to the Inspector – General of Police Intelligence Response Team in Ogoja community, Cross River State.
The Force Public Relations Officer , Frank Mba, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday , said the cops , who sustained machete cuts on their heads and bodies , were in the community to arrest robbers who stole a bus when they were attacked .
He said the attack , which occurred on April 17, was masterminded by one Ikenga, described as a receiver of stolen properties .
Mba said , “ Four police officers attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team unit were seriously and grievously wounded , with deep machete cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies .
“ The detectives were investigating the case of a stolen Toyota Sienna bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church , a Pentecostal church based in Lagos .
“ They had, after a painstaking investigation , arrested four male suspects – Peter , Ben, Ebuka and Johnson . ”
The suspects, who were implicated in the crime by police investigation , were said to have confessed to stealing the vehicle .
They allegedly stated that they sold the bus to another suspect in Benue State, who further claimed to have sold it to Ikenga in Ogoja for N 250 , 000 .
Following the confession , the detectives had proceeded to Ogoja where Ikenga was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered .
Shortly after his arrest , the suspect reportedly raised the alarm in his native language , which attracted his gang members who attacked the policemen.
“ The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs . Consequently , Ikenga, the notorious crook , escaped with the stolen vehicle, ” the police said .
The IG , while condemning the attack , warned that the police would not tolerate attacks on its personnel and facilities .
He enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to allow such attacks to take place in their domains “ as they would be called to account . ”
Reports gather in the IRT told that the cops could have defended themselves by killing the thugs , adding that the officers took caution to avoid being blamed .
“ Ikenga’ s thugs hacked the policemen with machetes and sticks .
The operatives had guns and could have easily killed them .
But they did not do that because if any of the gang members had died , the story would have been different today , ” he added .
Our report gathered that three of the policemen had been discharged from the Makurdi General Hospital , Benue State, where they were rushed to for treatment .
The fourth cop, identified only as James , who reportedly sustained serious injuries, was said to be receiving treatment at the hospital .