On Tuesday, gunmen reportedly attacked a police team stationed at Ndiegoro in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State, according to a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna.
The attack left Assistant Superintendent of Police, Linus Ominyi, also known as Agbalagba, dead after being beheaded by the assailants, who took away his rifle and uniform.
The other officers fled the scene after engaging the gunmen in a brief shoot-out. Ominyi was originally from Ebonyi State but resided in Abia State, where he served as an officer.
According to residents, the motive behind the attack might have been retaliation for the killing of a gunman by the police on April 13 in the same area.
“The hoodlums, armed with firearms, machetes, and other dangerous weapons, shot dead and beheaded the patrol and guard officer, ASP Linus Ominyi; made away with his head and AK 47 rifle breech number 56404021 with fifteen (15) rounds of 7.62mm life ammunition,” the police spokesman said.
“Remains of the headless deceased officer were recovered and deposited in the morgue for preservation while the manhunt for the perpetrators of the dastardly act has been launched with a view to recovering the severed head of the deceased officer as well as the snatched service rifle.
“The Abia State Police Command therefore, requests from law-abiding members of the public credible information on the perpetrators or on anyone found in possession of a firearm unlawfully obtained with firm assurance of protecting his/her identity.”