Police name nine US Consulate personnel involved in Anambra violent attack

Police in Anambra have released the names of nine Lagos United States of America Consulate personnel involved in Tuesday brutal attack which claimed seven lives at Ogbaru area of the state.

Mr Echeng Echeng, Anambra State Commissioner of Police made the disclosure during a press conference at the Police Command’s headquarters Awka on Thursday.

Echeng listed the persons as; Jefferson Obayuwane, Sunday Prince Ubong, Ekene Nweke, Hassan Etila, Avwuvie Kaye Monday, Bukar. A. Kabuiki, Emmanuel Lukpata, Friday Morgan, and Adamu Andrew.

It was gathered that out of the number seven were killed and set ablaze in their vehicles, while two were kidnapped.

Echeng said the deceased included men from Squadron 23, Police Mobile Force Lagos Inspectors Bukar Adams, Friday Morgan, Adam Andrew and Emmanuel Lupata.

The CP said that security operatives had arrested two persons in connection with the crime and are now helping in investigation on the matter.

Echeng said joint security forces comprising police tactical teams, Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy raided a camp in Ugwuaneocha community of Ogbaru, which was suspected to be the hideout of the assailants on Wednesday May 17, but discovered that it had been deserted.

The personnel of Lagos Consulate of the USA and their police escorts were ambushed on May 16 between 12 noon and 2 pm along Atani/Osamala road in Ogbaru after assessment tour of erosion ravaged communities.

Echeng blamed the attack on members of suspected Eastern Security Network ESN/ Indigenous people of Braifa, (IPOB), adding that efforts were on to track the location of the gunmen.

“Information about the incident was received by Anambra State Police Command, through an official of the consulate, at about 2:30 pm on May 16.

“Consequently, a joint team of Mobile Policemen and troops of the Nigerian Navy stationed in Onitsha was immediately deployed to the area.

“Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, the joint security team sighted and engaged the assailants in a shot-out but they escaped through a nearby forest”, he said.

Giving more details, he said further preliminary investigation by the command revealed that five male officials of the USA consulate and four armed Mobile Police escorted from Lagos were on a mission to assess the impact of erosion in Ogbaru before they were ambushed.

“Regrettably, seven persons including three of the consulate officials and four Mobile Police escorts were murdered during the attack while two other officials of the consulate are yet to be found”, he said.

“The deceased police officers include Bukar Adams, Friday Morgan, Adam Andrew and Emmanuel Lupata”, he stated.

Echeng said the remains of the deceased persons have all been recovered and deposited in a morgue while the state police command and other security agencies are working round-the-clock, in concert with Anambra Government to rescue the missing officials.

He appealed to the public who can provide information about the identities and locations of the culprits, to kindly assist the police with such information timously.

Echeng also condoled the families and friends of the deceased persons as well as the USA Consul over this tragic incident.

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