Some police officers and officers of the Nigerian Customs were feared dead in Enugu State, Nigeria’s South-east, on Thursday, when gunmen attacked security checkpoints in the Enugu metropolis.
The incident was said to have occurred around 1:20 pm February 10, at a police checkpoint near Lomalinda Estate by Maryland suburb of the Enugu South Local Government Area of the state
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the gunmen attacked the Ozalla community along the ever-busy Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, as well as the Lomalida axis of Ugwuaji Road within the metropolis.
The gunmen opened fire at a customs checkpoint within the Ozalla community, close to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, at about 1:30 p.m.
A customs officer was said to have died instantly, while three other officers sustained serious bullet wounds.
“I saw one of the customs officers motionless and three others in serious pain as they were helped by some Good Samaritan down to the UNTH hospital close-by,” an eyewitness said.
A viral video making the rounds on social media has captured the moment a police officer took cover in a shop after three of his colleagues were allegedly murdered by gunmen.
A Twitter user uploaded a video of the officer looking quite traumatized.
He wrote: “In my life I have never seen a policeman look this traumatized. This was happening in Enugu while the Ibadan attack was happening. 3 policemen ended up dead, a woman and her driver kidnapped while stray bullet also touch another guy. Insecurity in this country is very scary!”
The state police public relations officer, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident of the attack but refused to give out any details.
He said: “details are sketchy but a manhunt has been launched for the attackers.”