Two police checkpoints in Nsukka, Enugu State were invaded by gunmen on Friday morning.
A policeman was killed in the attack at Umanu junction and patrol vans were set ablaze along Ibeagwa-Ani road in the area.
It was gathered that around 6:20 a.m., residents started hearing sporadic gunshots in the area.
“I quickly rushed to my doors to ensure that all of them are well locked.
“I switched off all electric lights in my house and told my wife and children to keep quiet because I thought it was armed robbers,” he said.
He said after some minutes the gunshots stopped he saw people rushing to the junction and I joined them only to see a lifeless policeman on the ground.
“They said the policeman was killed during a gun duel between police team on checkpoint and the gunmen,” he said.
In the account of a trader who was an eyewitness to the Ibeagwa-Ani road incident where police vans were set ablaze, he said he was in a commercial bus going to Nkwo Ibeagwa-Ani Market when they sighted a police van on fire with five armed men who masked their faces watching the vehicle.
“Our driver quickly reversed and drove to a safer distance where we watched until the gunmen zoomed off shooting sporadically,”.
“When we reached the scene of the incident the van has already burnt to ashes, we stopped like other road users for some minutes and continue our journey”.
The incident was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Enugu State, Mr Daniel Ndukwe.