By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Two police rifles in Asaba, Delta State were reportedly carted away by bandits, who attacked policemen on stop -and – search duty.
A double rank and files Police Inspector, attached to the state Police Command, State Headquarters, Asaba, Delta State was on Saturday night, attacked while on duty at the Delta State Capital by suspected bandits.
The victims were reportedly said to have been on the check point at the NIPPI Point, Inter-bau roundabout by ASCON Oil fuel station in Asaba, where they were machetes by the bandits.
Information reaching AUTHENTIC News Daily Delta State correspondent have it that the two police officers, victims of the attackers were at the time said to have sustained deep machete cuts from the attack after been allegedly disarmed by the hoodlums.
According to a reliable source from the area who rushed to the scene of the insident after overhearing the discussions on how the attack happened, further disclosed that the bandits attacked the cops after about 15 minutes that the Police Patrol Van left with the driver and one of the officers leaving only three officers behind at the NIPPI Point.
The source stated that the first victim was attacked just after the officer finished directing a driver making phone call in a parked vehicle to leave the vicinity to another area when about four of the suspected bandits attacked him with machete and made away with his riffle.
Just as the police officer was being attacked, another group were also attacking Inspector Francis whose gun was also snatched.
The police corporal was the only lucky one who was said to have escaped with his own riffle but also suffered machete cuts in his hand.
AUTHENTIC News Daily further investigation revealed that the team was actually comprised of seven men but only five reported for duty that very day.
And as the five officers were at the Inter-Bua Nippi point, one Sergeant, Azuka called the team leader the person of Inspector Francis to send the vehicle to State Headquarters to convey someone to Area Command’s Quarter which made the patrol van driver and one other officer leave their duty post.
Sources revealed that the two other officers that failed to turn up at duty post were on an illegal duty at one Emirate Hotels, where the Station Officer (SO) is benefiting free accommodation. Hence only five reported for duty before two were called off to remain three.
In shocking reaction to the ugly incident, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke denied that the incident ever happened.
CP Adeleke said”It is not true.How come you’re confirming to me?”