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Many dead in Anambra auto crash as police nab suspect linked in Ajali raid

Several passengers of an 18-seater commercial bus have lost their lives in a ghastly accident in Agulu town, Anaocha local government area of Anambra State.

This is as operatives of the State Police Command have arrested one of the suspects who attacks Ajalli Police Station in Orumba North Local government area of the state on September 30th this year.

The Ajalli Police Station was attacked by unknown gunmen who also looted the station during the run-up to the November 6, 2021governorshop election in the state.

However, the crash which took place in the afternoon involved a Mack heavy-duty truck and Mitsubishi bus which had a head collision at Ezu River bridge.

An eye witness said the bus was loaded with passengers, while the Mack heavy-duty truck was laden with stone chippings.

It was gathered that the two vehicles had immediately burst into flames moments after the accident occurred.

It was not certain what may have led to the Carnage.

Bodies of some of the victims were seen littered on the road.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr.  Irelewuy.I Adeoye when contacted on phone confirmed the incident.

He said that many casualties were involved; fire service men contacted and my men are there now but I cannot give you the actual figure of casualties, I want to be factual.”

Speaking on the arrest of the suspect, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Ikenga Toochukwu said that one of the attackers was nabbed on Christmas day by men of the command.

The suspect, Emmanuel Nwafor, was checking a motorcycle on Christmas day, and the motorcycle is said to be part of the properties looted from the station.

According to a statement, “Emmanuel Nwafor “M”, age 25yrs with address at Umuevee Ajalli Orumba North LGA was arrested By Operatives of Ajalli Division On 25th December 2021.’

The Suspect was found with one of the exhibit motorcycles looted from Ajalli Police Station during the attack by hoodlums on 30th September 2021.”

He said the suspect was already helping the police with useful information, adding that there have ascertained any connection yet between the suspect and the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).




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