Three police officers were killed on Friday, May 28, 2021, in Umutu Police station, Delta State, South-south Nigeria in another attack on police facilities across the southern region of the country.
According to a statement by Edafe Bright, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, the attack happened in the early hours of Friday at about 1.30 a.m. WAT when an armed gang in their numbers stormed Umutu police station shooting sporadically at the station.
Bright noted however that the attackers were faced with stiff resistance by the officers on duty, who according to him, gave them a tough fight.
He added that the attackers retreated when they saw that the police officers on duty were unrelenting, disclosing that two members of the armed gang were gunned down while others were injured.
“They had to take a retreat, they quickly carried their dead and ran away. The Command lost two policemen, while one ASP died of high blood pressure in the hospital,” the police spokesperson said.
“The attackers who came with the intention of causing mayhem and burning down the station and carting away arms did not succeed, as they could not penetrate the station, no arm loss, the station was not burnt, normalcy has been restored.”
He assured members of the public that the Commissioner of Police in the state has put measures in place to arrest those responsible for the attack and also urged members of the public to help with useful and timely information.
The most recent attack on police operatives and facilities in Delta State left three police officers dead following an attack on the Nsukwa Police Divisional Headquarters, Aniocha South Local Government Area.
Last week, Usman Alkali Baba, the Nigerian Inspector-General of Police launched a new special security action plan, “OPERATION RP” in the South-south region of the country amidst growing security concerns.
The special operation was flagged off at the Sharks Football Stadium, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Wednesday, May 19. The IGP noted that it was a continuation of the implementation process of the special operation in the country.
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