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Police Deploy More Officers To Checkpoints After South-south Attacks

The attack comes a week after four police officers were shot dead on duty at a checkpoint and two of their rifles taken away in Calabar, South-south Nigeria, by unknown shooters.

Police in Cross River State, South-south Nigeria said they have deployed more officers to the checkpoints where two officers were killed and one injured by unknown assailants.

The shooters who struck in the early hours of Wednesday at two checkpoints in Ofatura and Onyadama in Obubra Local Government Areas of the state also made away with the police officers’ rifles.

Speaking to HumAngle on the attack, Irene Ugbo, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed that more officers have been deployed to the locations of the incidents to avoid a second attack.

She lamented that the police command was thrown into shock and mourning but was doing everything possible to unravel why police officers have become targets of these attacks.

Ugbo added that the families of those killed last week have been visited by the force and received an offer from an undisclosed US military officer to sponsor the children of the deceased through their education.

This latest killing brings the total number of police officers killed in the state to seven in the last three months.

In Dec. 2020, Egbe Edum, an assistant commissioner of police, was gruesomely macheted by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums in the state.

Police officers have become vulnerable to attacks across the country with records of attacks in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Kano among other states.

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