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Three Policemen die, 10 injured in Ebonyi road accident

NEWSMAN, Abakaliki – Three policemen reportedly died on Wednesday in an accident which occurred on the Enugu-Abakaliki highway, while ten others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Abakaliki on Wednesday said the accident involved a Toyota Hilux van belonging to the State Police Command.

“Yes, I am in the hospital now, we lost 3 officers while 10 are on intensive unit care,” he said.

They were said to be returning from a routine security patrol from the troubled community of Effium, following a crisis that enveloped the town recently.

A source at the scene of the incident noted that the incident happened after Ishieke Junction along the expressway.

The source said the vehicle they were using skidded off the road and jumped the pavement shoulders of the road which resulted in the death and injuries to the officers.

Just two weeks ago, many lives were lost in the Effium community crisis in Ohaukwu local government area which threw the state in mourning.

The crisis started from a motor park in the area where two faction of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed over leadership of the park.

The clash spilled into the community leading to loss of several lives and properties, The Nation reported.

It was gathered that some residents of the community who fled to Izzi, Ohaukwu, and parts of Benue state have started making their way back home as normalcy has gradually returned to the community.

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