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Police officer on stop-and-search duty killed by gunmen in Rivers

By Joe Udo

An Inspector of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF on a stop-and-search duty has been allegedly killed by gunmen in Rivers state.

Converseer learned that the Inspector was allegedly killed at Eliozu Flyover in the Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the State.

According to a statement by Grace Iringe-Koko, Police spokesperson in Rivers on Thursday, the gunmen ambushed and attacked policemen on a stop-and-search duty on Wednesday night, resulting in the death of the Inspector.

She added that the gunmen were spotted in a carton-coloured Sienna bus with fully tinted glasses.

According to the Police spokesperson, the gunmen drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, near Port Harcourt.

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“We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.

“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop-and-search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses.

“The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.

“The assailants drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, and opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.

“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralise one of them with a mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.

“The command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible.

“Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.

“The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, reiterates unequivocally that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law.

“We urge all law-abiding citizens to continue with their daily activities without panic, as we are determined to uphold our mandate of preserving lives and property in the face of such challenges.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Our resolve to serve and protect remains unwavering as we stand together against those who seek to disrupt the peace and harmony of our society,” the statement read.

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