The Nigeria Police Force as it lost six of its personnel to unknown gunmen in Bayelsa and Rivers states, while a station was set ablaze in Imo State.
In the most deadly of the attacks, some gunmen invaded a police station in Agudama, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, and killed the Divisional Police Officer, SP Ola Rosanla; a pregnant policewoman, identified as Joy Wellington; and two other yet-to-be-identified cops on duty.
The gunmen reportedly made away with rifles, ammunition and the police uniforms they found at the station in the operation that lasted close to one hour. One of our correspondents gathered that the gunmen invaded the station, which has a perimeter fence, through the bank of the river in the community and caught the policemen on duty unawares.
They were said to have led the DPO to the armoury at gunpoint and took all the guns and ammunition there, after which the bandits reportedly forced him to kneel down and shot him dead. Thereafter, the bandits were said to have moved from room to room in search of policemen believed to be hiding. It was in one of the rooms that they killed the pregnant policewoman.
It was gathered that two other policemen on patrol in the community heard the gunshots and rushed down to the station and engaged the bandits in a shootout, but they were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the hoodlums.
Though the cops were said to have inflicted bullet injuries on the attackers, they also suffered gunshot wounds and were in critical conditions at hospital.
A source in the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no civilian was killed in the attack as there were no detainees in the station at the time of the attack. It was gathered that the attack was carried out around 2.15am.
The gunmen were in a vehicle around the Ojoto area of Port Harcourt. When they got to a checkpoint on the road, they brought out their guns and shot the two policemen on duty,” he said.
Our correspondent gathered that business owners in the area hurriedly closed their shops after the incident. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, stating that the hoodlums attacked and killed two policemen.
Omoni added that two rifles belonging to the cops were taken away by the hoodlums. I can confirm to you that today(Monday), two policemen were attacked and killed at Ojoto in Port Harcourt. The bandits also took away their rifles,” Omoni said.
In Imo State, pandemonium broke out on Monday as hoodlums, suspected to be cultists, set the Otoko Police Station in the Obowo Local Government Area of the state on fire. The hoodlums, who sacked the few policemen on duty, made away with no fewer than four rifles.
A source in the village said the villagers were on the run because of the incident.
Source (Punch, Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019.)