The Police Surveillance team, which was attacked along Agwa-Ejemekwuru Road in Oguta LGA of Imo State, was on patrol.
Inspector Iseke Korodama was killed on the spot while Inspectors Saviour Isong and Samuel Chukwuekezi along with Sergeant Okija Darlington were injured in the attack.
The driver conveying the team in a mini bus before the attack, Emmanuel Onyemana Chimankpa, a civilian, is still in critical condition.
A visit to the State Police Headquarters revealed clearly that many policemen were unhappy with the incident.
Speaking in hushed tones, one was heard telling his colleagues that: “These men, especially Inspector Korodama, had worked with the Officer Commanding (O. C) Ambassadors Squad, Egbema, Inspector Chikadia Okebata (‘Kill and Bury’) at Egbema and they met each others that same night before the incident.”
It was from the same circle that a person, believed to also be a policeman, tried to explain that what happened was an “operational error”.
He said: “I understand that ‘Kill and Bury’ and his boys got a signal that a group of bandits were preparing an attack and were headed their way, so they positioned to intercept the hoodlums. So when an unmarked Mini-bus moving at night with heavily armed occupants came their way, they mistook them for the hoodlums and tried to demobilize them. That is what I heard until we see an official statement from the command.”