The security agencies in the country have been given the mandate to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the country.
Nigeria Police Force (NPF) which is one of the foremost security agencies saddled with protecting the citizenry and their properties have one of the most tasking job in Nigeria.
In a recent operation by men of the NPF, four Police detectives on the trail of a stolen vehicle were attacked and wounded when they attempted to arrest a suspected receiver of stolen goods.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the detectives were attacked when they wanted to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle in Ogoja, a Cross River State community.
The Spokesman of the force, DCP Frank Mba, said in a statement released today in Abuja that the incident occurred on April 17.
Mba said that the attack was masterminded and executed by one Ikenga, “a notorious receiver of stolen property,” and his gang members.
He said that the detectives who were attached to the I-G Intelligence Response Team Unit were seriously wounded with deep machete cuts.
The spokesman explained that the victims (detectives) were investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal Church based in Lagos.
He said that the detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four male suspects, namely, Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.
Mba said that the suspects, who confessed to stealing the vehicle, said further that they had sold it to another criminal in Benue State.
He said that following the confession, the detectives moved to Benue with one of the four suspects and arrested the one in Benue.
The spokesperson said that the suspect in Benue said he also sold the vehicle to another notorious receiver of stolen goods based in Ogoja for N250,000.
“With this information, the detectives proceeded straight to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver, Ikenga, was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered,” Mba said.
He said that shortly after the arrest of Ikenga, the suspect raised the alarm in his native language, which attracted his gang members who attacked the Police officers with weapons.
Mba said during the incident, Ikenga escaped with the stolen vehicle.
“The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, while condemning the attack in very strong terms, warned that the Police under his watch will not tolerate criminal attacks and assault on its personnel or facilities,” he said.
Adamu has therefore ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of persons involved in the attack of the four Police detectives in Ogoja, Cross River State.
He enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to allow such attacks to take place in their domains, as they may be called to account.
Mba also urged members of the public to avail the Police with credible and useful information that would lead to the arrest of all persons involved in the attack.
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