- A policeman from the Edo state police command has been shot dead
- The officer was attacked by suspected hoodlums while enforcing the curfew
- Chidi Nwabuzor, police spokesperson in Edo, confirmed the incident on Saturday, May 9
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A police inspector identified as Felix Egbon was shot dead in Edo state on Friday, May 8, by suspected hoodlums after he was attacked.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the policemen attached to Auchi division of the Edo state police command was enforcing the curfew imposed by the federal government alongside his colleagues.
The police public relations officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirming the incident in Benin, on Saturday, May 8, said a manhunt had been launched to arrest the attackers.
He said the late police inspector and some officers were attacked while enforcing the curfew imposed by the federal government to check the spread of COVID-19.
He said: “While on it, some mob attacked them, during the attack, unknown hoodlums emerged and shot at the deceased officer.
“The officer was immediately rushed to the Central Hospital in Auchi, where he was pronounced dead. A serious manhunt is presently ongoing to arrest the hoodlums whose numbers can not be ascertained.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that soldiers and policemen reportedly engaged in a bloody battle at Bomadi town in Bomadi local government area of Delta state.
The security men were on patrol to enforce compliance of the lockdown imposed on the state by the governor.
An argument between both parties was over violation of lockdown rules which consequently became heated up before turning violent.
As a result of this, a soldier was shot at a close range. This is said to be in retaliation to the shooting of a policeman who was hit in the stomach by the bullet from the soldier’s rifle.
In a related development, a police officer allegedly killed a petrol station attendant along popular New Umuahia road in Obingwa local government area of Abia state.
The policeman, Stanley Azu, is serving under Azumini police division in Ukwa East LGA of the state.
He was said to have tried stopping a vehicle that violated the lockdown order occasioned by the coronavirus outbreak, but the driver defied the instruction.
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