Speaking on the incident, the state's police command's spokesperson, Awkuzu Okechukwu, said the DPO had led a team of police officers to the robbers den in Nanka community when he was attacked.
He said three suspected armed robbers, Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo, Chidi Nwankwo and Udoye Kenechukwu were arrested during the raid
“A team led by the DPO was ambushed at Nanka by the gang, when they went to effect the arrest. The DPO was robbed of his handset and money. He was stripped naked and one of his ears chopped off. His official uniform was equally torn to shreds. The gang also burnt down a police Hilux SUV.”Awkuzu added that the DPO, who narrowly escaped death, is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital. According to the PPRO, members of the armed robbery gang have been associated with several cases of kidnapping, rape and assassination in Nanka community.
He added that the gang members were responsible for the death of one Okechukwu Udezuka of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area and one Ebuka at Tarzan area of Nkpor, near Onitsha, on February 2nd 2014.