Three Policemen die, 10 injured in Ebonyi road accident

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Three policemen died on Wednesday in an accident which occurred on the Enugu- Abakaliki highway.

Ten others who were in the Hillux van they were travelling in also sustained varying degrees of injuries, it was gathered.

They were said to be returning from Effin community in Ohaukwu local government area when the accident occurred.

A source at the scene of the incident noted that the incident happened after Ishieke Junction along the expressway.

The source said the vehicle they were using skidded off the road and jumped the pavement shoulders of the road which resulted in the death and injuries to the officers.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Aliyu confirmed the incident.

Mr Garba in an emotion ladden voice the noted that the ten injured officers are in intensive care unit at the Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA)

“Yes, I am in the hospital now, we lost 3 officers while 10 are on intensive unit care,” he said.

The Effium community crisis in Ohaukwu local government area, two weeks ago threw the state in mourning as many lost their lives.

The crisis started from a motor park in the area where two faction of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed over leadership of the park.

The clash spilled into the community leading to loss of several lives and properties.

Residents of the community who fled to Izzi, Ohaukwu, and parts of Benue state have started making their way back home as normalcy has gradually returned to the community, the police said.

“They decided to use traditional means to make peace and they have embraced peace. As I talk to you now normalcy has returned to the area. They have agreed to drop their hostility against one another and we are very happy with them for that”, Spokesperson of the Police,” Loveth Odah said.

She said some of the villagers had started returning home and that police personnel escorted some of the displaced persons back home on Sunday after the peace meeting.

“The CP has directed that the suspects arrested with offensive weapons and the suspected warriors who keep on killing innocent citizens be charged to court because we recovered not less than 20 pump-action and other offensive weapons from them. The suspects arrested should be over 50,” she said.

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