By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a mobile policeman by gunmen, suspected to be notorious armed robbers along Jakpa road, in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Onome Onovwakpoyeya stated that the incident occurred this morning, when the office went out to eat, and he was attacked by hoodlums
It was learnt that the notorious armed robber gang shot dead the mobile police officer simply identified as Inspector Saibu Mohammed, who was on special duty,
AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that Inspector Saibu, from Mopol 47, Zaria, was attached to Synergy Centre, a popular event place along Jakpa axis which is also used by Master’s Place Church as a worship centre.
Sources said that, “the victim (police officer) was shot in a close range, and cates away his rifle.
“The victim (policeman) had crossed to the other side of the road directly opposite the Synergy Centre at about 10:48am to have his breakfast in a makeshift restaurant located within the premises of a major liquor distributing outlet.
“The assailants numbering three including the driver hit the street, made a U-turn to where the victim was eating; then one of them held him down to forcibly take away his gun.
Eyewitness disclosed that, “sensing that he could be overpowered, the attacker quickly called for reinforcement from his colleagues who were seated in a car nearby.
“Following a distress call of ‘shoot am, shoot am, shoot am’, one of the hoodlums immediately opened a bag containing a cut-to-size rifle, alighted from the car and shot the policeman in the head at close range.
“When the policeman fell down lifeless, his assailant picked his AK 47 rifle and immediately bolted from the scene”.
It was also learnt that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ekpan Division, Police Superintendent (SP), Asanaenyi Ibok, mobilised his men to the location where he conducted preliminary investigations.
The deceased has been reportedly taking to Ekpan Central hospital mortuary to have him properly identified and documented.
The DPO also warned criminal elements, especially armed robbers, cultists and kidnappers who are still operating within the area, that they will soon be caught.
When contacted for comments, the State Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the incident.
She said, “Yes, it is true. The police officer was attached to a church, he went out to buy something to eat when some hoodlums about three in numbers attacked him, in the process shot him dead.
“The police has assured that no stone would be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice”.