There was bloodshed when operatives of the Nigeria Police Force clashed with some unknown gunmen in Ebonyi State on Monday night, Naija News learnt.
A police officer, two Ebubeagu operatives, and a hoodlum reportedly died during the confrontation.
It was gathered that the assailants stormed a police unit last night at about 8:00 PM targeting the security agents.
The security operatives who were on guard, however, engaged the gunmen, killing one of the said unknown gunmen at the Presco campus area of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
Vanguard reported that following the gun battle, passersby and residents of the Abakaliki metropolis left their abodes scampering for safety at the time the incident happened.
A resident who spoke with the media platform said the gunbattle started around 8 pm when the unknown gunmen attacked police officers on their duty post in the Area.
The exchange of gunfire according to him was between members of Ebubeagu Security outfit, the Police, and the unknown gunmen.
“Nawaooooo the shooting last night was not small even inside the house, we took cover. I heard they killed one of the gunmen making it four persons that were killed.
“The police officer who is from Akwa Ibom state is married to an Eddah woman with 5 kids. My neighbour just came back from their place, now at Police headquarters. The oldest of the children is just 10 years old.
“Police just confirmed that a police officer and one of the gunmen were killed but didn’t disclose that of Ebubeagu,” said the source who pleaded anonymity.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Chris Anyanwu, has also confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying that one policeman and an unknown gunman were shot dead during the clash between the Police and the unknown gunmen.
However, the State Commander of Ebubeagu Security outfit, Nnana Friday, denied the report that Ebubeagu operative was involved in the incident.
“No Ebubeagu operative is not involved. It’s IPOB, not Ebubeagu,” he said.