Southern City News gathered that the victims were waiting by the side of the road to board a bus when the driver of a tipper carrying sand, rammed into them with his vehicle, killing all of them in the process.
A source said the driver of the lorry had refused to give some policemen at the checkpoint N50 and in a bid to escape, swerved to the direction of the mother and her children and crushed them.
Irked by the development, the people in the area mobilised and ran after the cops.
In the conflict that ensued, two policemen were reportedly killed while a cement factory they (policemen) had taken cover was set ablaze.
Reacting to the incident on Friday, the Anambra State Police Command said it had arrested 13 persons in connection with the incident
It warned that the command would no longer tolerate a situation where people would take the law into their own hands.
In a statement signed by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, it said a riffle believed to belong to one of the deceased policemen was recovered in the house of one of those arrested.
Nwode said the bodies of the four persons who lost their lives during the fracas had been deposited at the mortuary.
She added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Garba Umar, had ordered investigation into the matter to ascertain the cause of the incident with a view to fishing out the perpetrators.
The incident, Nwode said, happened between 12 and 1pm on Thursday, on the Onitsha-Owerri expressway.
Nwode, said the lorry lost control at the police checkpoint and knocked down a yet to be identified woman and three children.
She said, “Anambra State Police Command received a distress call that misguided elements numbering over 100 went on the rampage and attacked a police checkpoint at Km 4/6 along Onitsha-Owerri road manned by visiting Police Mobile Unit attached to 3 PMF Enugu.
“Meanwhile, following the distress call, police patrol teams led by DPO Okpoko rushed to the scene, restored normalcy in the area and arrested 13 suspects, including one Paul Igwe, whose custody the deceased police riffle was recovered.” PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> How I TOTALLY Got Rid Of my POT BELLY,excess Fat and Overweight In just 2weeks.. Click HERE for Details.