Unknown gunmen have killed five policemen and a couple at the Okpala Junction in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State.
Mr Felix Meribe who was the PRO of Mbaise Police Area Command and Team leader of the P and G Team, all lost their lives in the attack.
The incident which happened on Friday morning, April 21, 2023, has thrown the entire community into a state of panic as commercial activities had abruptly come to end.
The couple identified as Mr. and Mrs. Chinaka Nwagu, who hailed from Amankwo Okpala community, had relocated from Lagos a year ago.
A source who identified himself as Uche and a relative to the couple said the slain cops drove from neighbouring Abo Mbaise police division to eat at the junction.
According to the source, the policemen were eating when the gunmen drove to the scene and opened fire on them.
He said that while three police were shot dead at the scene, two others ran to a nearby shop but their attackers raced to the shop and killed them and equally killed a couple who owned the shop they ran into.
The eyewitness disclosed that after killing the policemen, the gunmen carted away their five rifles.
“It is a black Friday in our community. Gunmen around 8am shot five policemen dead at Okpala junction. The policemen drove in a white coloured Hilux from Aboh Mbaise Police Division to eat at the junction,” the source narrated.