Five Policemen Declared Missing After Gunmen Ambush In Rivers

policeThe Rivers State Police Command has declared five of its men missing after they came under a barrage of heavy gunfire from unknown gunmen on the Okujagu waterways in Okrika Local Government Area of the state, last Wednesday.
The command, which declared the policemen missing on Friday, also set up a panel to investigate the circumstances of their disappearance.
This is just as it disclosed that 53 persons have been arrested in connection with the missing policemen.
The Rivers Police Command spokesperson, Ahmad Muhammad, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said the policemen were on an official assignment to the area when they were unexpectedly attacked.
“The policemen went to Okujagu community on a routine police inquiry when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen before they could disembark from the boat that ferried them, they were bombarded with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for cover”, he said.
Six policemen, comprising two inspectors and four other officers, initially got missing but one – Inspector Aferuan Imoukhuede – was rescued a day after the attack.
Muhammad, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, added that “Sting operations by the command are still on the top gear to rescue the remaining five missing policemen. Fifty-three suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation”.
The statement said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Musa Kimo, had set up a “high-powered” investigative panel headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigation Department, to unravel the circumstances surrounding the entire incident.


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