Inspector Sunday Fred Onoja has been identified as one of the policemen killed by unknown gunmen in Enugu state.
SaharaReporters had reported how the gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday attacked Iwollo Police Division in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state, killing four officers.
The station, vehicles, motorcycles and other property were burnt. The assailants also took away a police van.
Taking to Facebook on Thursday, Joy Onoja, a sister of Inspector Sunday described him as a hero and vibrant young man.
“Sunset at Dawn! It”s too early nah bros! What a painful exit! Of a Hero, a gallant and a vibrant young man, giving all gratitude to God almighty I announce the demise of my kid brother, Inspector Sunday Fred Onoja, who was murdered in cold blood while on duty by unknown gunmen at his station in Enugu state alongside 3 other police officers,” she posted.
“Brother we love and will miss you, but God knows why this happened and we can’t question Him. Bros sleep on till we meet to part no more. Oh! God give us the grace to bear this loss.”
The police spokesperson in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, had confirmed the incident in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki.
Mr Ndukwe, an assistant superintendent of police, stated that the assailants attacked the station in large numbers at about 4am, killing the operatives and burning parts of the station.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, had visited the station with his management team and operational/tactical commanders for an on-the-spot assessment.
“The hoodlums opened fire on police operatives on duty, but were gallantly resisted and in the ensuing gun duel, several of the assailants escaped with bullet injuries.
“Unfortunately, four police operatives, who sustained severe gunshot injuries, were later confirmed dead in the hospital,” he stated.