Warlords Kidnap Three Police Officers Including DPO in Anambra

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Three Police Officers including a DPO in charge of an entire community have been kidnapped by warlords in Anambra state.

According to reports, the kidnapp is related to a communal clash over a piece of land, between Allah/Onugwa and Odekpe communities both located in Anambra West Council Area.

According to a report by the Sun Newspaper, the DPO had led a team of police officers to both communities on a peace mission after renewed hostilities claimed seven lives before he was kidnapped at Odekpe community.

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The DPO and his team went to Allah/Onugwa community first where it was alleged that 150 buildings had been destroyed while three Indigenes were killed in renewed hostilities.

According to a resident of the community, the peace keeping mission of the police DPO and his men was sanctioned by stakeholders of both communities.

These include, the National Assembly representative of Anambra east and west, Chinedu Obidigwe, the state Commissioner for Lands, Bonaventure Enemali; and a traditional ruler, Igwe Pius Omachonu.
After they deliberated on many issues yesterday, they resolved that mobile policemen should be sent to go and view the area and bring information back to them.

“Those mobile policemen that came were many. They passed through Allah/Onugwa, they saw what happened. They proceeded to Odekpe. Our place is not that motorable. When they got to Inoma community, they stopped.

“They packed their vehicles and picked motorcycles. They passed through our place and on getting to Odekpe; when the people sighted them, knowing that they are mobile policemen, they started shooting at them.

“The policemen had no option than to fire back. Two people fell down from Odekpe side based on the information we got. They captured three policemen now. The DPO representing all of us is in their custody.

“As I am talking to you now, he is unconscious. Somebody called me to tell me that the DPO may not survive it. The other two mobile policemen are still in their custody. They are dealing with them.”

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