Hoodlums have ambushed and killed five policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Nasiru Halidu, on Monday at about 3 am in Okobe, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State. The policemen, according to report made available to Africa Update, were heading to 30 PMF (Police Mobile Force) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State at the end of their special mission in Yobe . It was gathered that the operation which did not last more than 10 minutes resulted in the killing of all the occupants of the police van, while a stray bullet also hit the conductor of a fuel tanker who was asleep in his tanker. It was further disclosed that the hoodlums fled the scene immediately after the surprise attack. Confirming the attack, the State Police Public Relations Officer , Ahmad Muhammad, who was almost in tears said the gunmen laid ambush for the policemen that were travelling back to Yenagoa. And dismissed claims in some quarters that the policemen were involved in a shootout with some members of a cult group, insisting that the policemen were not attached to the Rivers State Police Command. .“Today’s tragedy again demonstrate the enormous calamities we face and witness in the course of our job. We put our lives on the line every day to confront crime and violence in our communities. We will stop at nothing to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice, ” he reiterated.
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