- Gunmen have sent many police officers to an early grave in recent times in Nigeria
- The officers were either shot, hacked to death or set ablaze by hoodlums
- These according to the report are different from victims of EndSARS protest across the country
In what can be described as the tragedy of a nation, about 28 police officers have been killed within the space of three months in Nigeria.
The victims, according to The Nation, were either shot by gunmen, hacked to death or set ablaze by hoodlums who attacked police stations. These are different from those who were lost to EndSARS violence in October 2020.
Meanwhile, the police said that it would do everything legally permissible to curb the attacks on its men and facilities. This was disclosed by police spokesman Frank Mba.
Here is a timeline of the killings of police officers:
1. February 23: AK47 and machetes carrying hoodlums numbering about 200 invaded Abayi Police Station at Osisioma, Aba in Abia state and killed two officers.
2. February 24: Four policemen manning a checkpoint at Nkpologwu community in Aguata local government area of Anambra state were killed by gunmen.
3. February 24: Another policeman was killed at Ekwulobia in Anambra state and another patrol vehicle razed.
3. February 25: Gunmen killed four policemen in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
4. February 1: Gunmen killed a policeman at Atakumosa West, Osun state.
5. February 1: Another cop was murdered at Isiala Ngwa North in Abia state.
6. February 5: There was also an attack on Obowo Police Division, leaving two policemen dead and three injured.
7. January 15: Four police officers were killed by armed bandits numbering over 100.
8. January 10: Three policemen were killed by armed men in Ughelli, Delta state.
9. Two policemen were murdered by suspected Boko Haram Terrorists.
10: January 23: An Assistant Superintendent (ASP) and a Corporal were killed in Aba, Abia state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the vehicles of the self-styled Yoruba youth leader on Friday, February 26, were reportedly stopped by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Security (DSS) along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
According to former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, the self-styled activist was said to be on "his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo", a Yoruba elder and one of the Afenifere leaders in Lagos.
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Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.