Suspected herdsmen have reportedly shot dead an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) at Umuachi-Afor community, Ndokwa East local government area, Delta state.
Vanguard reports that the police officer, until his death, was attached to the Ashaka police divisional headquarters.
He had allegedly led a team of police officers in search of the herdsmen who had been terrorising the area with kidnapping activities when he was reportedly killed on Thursday, January 31.
The police public relations officer of the state command, Andrew Aniamaka, has reportedly confirming the incident.
He said: “We had a situation where someone was abducted and that took our men into the bush in search of the hoodlums.
“On their way, they were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who, in fact, opened fire on the police rescue team. In the process, the ASP was hit by bullets."
The police spokesperson, however, refused to disclose the identity of the deceased police officer, saying “his family is not yet aware of the development.”
He said the officer died in the hospital where he was rushed to for treatment.
Aniamaka added: “There is reinforcement into the bush and we are getting support from the local vigilante team.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said that anti-open grazing laws in some states would be reviewed for compatibility with the nation's constitution, if he wins the presidency.
The former vice president made the comment at a town hall event on Wednesday night, January 30.
Atiku suggested that there shouldn't be an exception to herders as the constitution guarantees freedom of movement.
He stated that herders would generate higher income from beef and milk if the government educates them through extension services.
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