The Enugu Police Command has confirmed that some of the gang members responsible for the gruesome murder of Chief Gabriel Onuzulike, a former Commissioner in the state.
Chief Onuzulike who was also a former Chairman of Oji-River Local government area and his elder brother were killed at their Nkpokolo-Achi hometown by gunmen on Friday while they were retuning from a burial.
However, the Enugu command spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said the gunmen that infiltrated the state from neighbouring Anambra State were given a hot pursuit by a combined security team and two of them killed in the process.
Ndukwe further revealed that the security operatives recovered an Ak-47, Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep belonging to the deceased victims, a Toyota Camry car the assailants attempted to snatch from another victim and a RAV4 Jeep they used for the operation.
“Pending the receipt of a detailed report, kindly be informed that preliminary report reveals that two (2) of the assailants, said to have infiltrated into Oji-River from neighbouring Anambra State community, in the evening hours of 18/11/2022, that attacked and murdered one Gabriel Onuzulike (identified as former Chairman of Oji-River LGA and Commissioner in Enugu State Government) and his brother at Nkpokolo-Achi in Oji-River LGA, were neutralized by a Joint Police/Army Team, who swiftly responded to a distress call on the incident and intercepted the hoodlums at Inyi community of the same LGA, as they were escaping into Anambra State.
“The Team further recovered an AK-47 rifle with two magazines loaded with ammunition, while a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep belonging to the deceased victims, a Toyota Camry car the assailants attempted to snatch from another victim and a RAV4 Jeep they used for the heinous criminal operation, amongst other incriminating items, were also recovered.
“Meanwhile, manhunt of the assailants, many of whom escaped into nearby forest with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gun duel, as a result of the superior firepower of the Joint Team, is still ongoing. Further development will be communicated, please,” the statement which was released on Saturday reads.