Reference Daily News has gathered that Dragon and four others have been shot by Abba Kyari of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team. They were killed while trying to break into and attack the State Police Command in Owerri.
Elkanah, while briefing newsmen at the Command headquarters called Dragon an army deserter, notorious for fomenting trouble in the area. He was said to have taken over from the erstwhile Commander, one Ikonso.
He proceeded by revealing the items released from the rebels, they range from four AK-47 rifles earlier stolen from the police, ammunition, local explosives and charms.
The only criminal trapped alive, Stanley Osinachi, of Mbaitolu Local Government Area of the state, said he was sponsored to carry out serial attacks on police and government establishments.
In his words, “They were first intercepted by the military at the outer perimeter cordon provided for the police. Five hoodlums were killed in action, including Joseph Uka Nnachi alias King of Dragons.
The Police confirmed that “One suspect, Stanley Osinachi ‘m’ 30 years old of Achi/Mberi , Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State was arrested and presently aiding investigation.
“A police inspector sustained gunshot wounds during the exchange of fire this morning and is currently receiving medical attention.
Despite the fact that the police confessed to killing five felons, some operatives of the police were said to have been also killed in the incident. This was according to a source at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
Elkanah, the spokesperson to the police, boasted of the readiness of the Nigerian Police to fight the ilks of hoodlums in the state. He disclosed that four more rifles were recovered.
Elkana, in an additional statement, said, “Number of hoodlums killed now is five while four AK-47 rifles stolen from the police during recent attack on our police station were recovered.
“We have one injured police officer in a critical condition at the moment. We pray the doctors will be able to stabilise him.”
He was, however, mute on the alleged five lifeless bodies of policemen brought to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri.