Abia State Police have arrested four people in connection with the murder of a police inspector, Princewill Divine.
State Police Commissioner Janet Agbede confirmed the development in a statement on Friday.
She said five mobile police officers attacked 28 and 55 commando squads deployed at the Okagwe intersection in the Ohafia local government area were attacked by armed men on Monday, September 7.
The Command stated that the incident took place in a pavilion at the bus stop located at the checkpoint where the policemen took refuge while it was raining.
He added that the thugs, who were more than 30, took away three AK-47 rifles with some ammunition.
In a statement issued it reads, “The criminals armed with guns, machetes and other weapons unexpectedly shot at the policemen and cruelly used machetes on them and the policemen retaliated in defence.
“One of the policemen, Inspector Princewill Divine, died instantly, another had his wrist cut off while others were left with varying degrees of injury. Four persons arrested in connection with the incident are helping in the investigation to ensure further arrests and recovery of police firearms.”
She further stated, “The suspect, attached to a construction company dualising the Aba/Ikot-Ekpene road, confessed that he killed the deceased on Tuesday September 8, 2020 in his village during an encounter with him.”
Samuel Fadeyi, who is the commandant of the NSCDC in the state said the man was shot while struggling with the gun with an official.
He said Otobong was in transit with two expatriates returning from Abia to Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, when the incident occurred.
According to Fadeyi, they reached a bad part of the road where a trailer had already broken down, causing a traffic jam.
Fadeyi said that Otobong got out of the car to clear the road that was blocked by some young people and shot in the air to frighten them.
He added, “Sensing danger of harm to himself and abduction or harm to his principals, the officer, Robinson Otobong, retreated but they surged at him with their cutlasses and shovels so much so that he had to fire a warning shot.
“The shot did not deter them as they rushed at him with sticks, machetes and shovels, trying to disarm him. It was in the ensuing struggle that the second shot was fired and the leader of the mob who grabbed the nozzle of the gun was shot.”