Tony Okafor, Awka
No fewer than two soldiers and four hoodlums died in a fierce battle when gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, the hometown of the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo in the early hours of today(Saturday).
According a source, the hoodlums first attacked the soldiers and killed two of them before the army personnel gave them a chase and neutralised four of them in the process.
Though, the state Public Relations officer ( PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, could not confirm the incident as of press time, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, confirmed the story in a statement.
Nwosu said, “A gang of gunmen struck the Nigerian Army checkpoint at Afor-Uzo Junction, Isuofia this morning. But unfortunately for the hoodlums they met their Waterloo.
“Our galant and alert security agents who gave them a hot chase immediately returned fire and neutralised 4 of the gang members in a fierce exchange of shootings. Their Toyota Avenza with which they launched the deadly operation was recovered.
“The government of Anambra State wishes to reassure the people of their safety, especially during this yuletide season.
“If you see something; please say something to help our vigilant security agents protect you better. ”
The Commissioner gave no fewer than five dedicated telephone lines for which the public could report security issues to the appropriate authorities.