In a tragic incident that unfolded on Tuesday, gunmen ambushed and killed seven Joint Task Force (JTF) operatives in the Umualumaku settlement located in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
According to NAN, the deadly ambush occurred at approximately noon when the security operatives were in the process of setting up a checkpoint.
The victims of the ambush included personnel from the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The assailants not only took the lives of these security personnel but also inflicted further damage by setting ablaze two security trucks that were transporting the joint security team.
The vehicles were not only carrying the personnel but also the bodies of the victims.
The incident highlights the ongoing security challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in the region and raises concerns about the safety of those tasked with maintaining peace and order in the area.
The authorities are expected to launch an investigation into this deadly attack to apprehend those responsible and prevent further acts of violence.
“I heard gunshots for some minutes but I didn’t know exactly what was happening until someone came to inform us that soldiers and policemen were killed and burnt in two Hilux vehicles,” the source said.
The insider added that the incident raised tension and dread in the neighbourhood as locals fled inside for protection and passing commercial cars swung to the right out of concern for their lives.
When reached, ASP Henry Okoye, the state's Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), verified the occurrence but begged for more time to get all the specifics.