- No fewer than three police officers have been sent to an early grave by hoodlums in Akwa Ibom
- The tragedy took place during a clash between the policemen and gunmen on Tuesday, March 30
- Moreover, four officers at the moment are nowhere to be found following the clash
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The menace of insecurity is not only affecting Nigerians but also officers of the police force throughout the country. Recently, there have been reports of attacks by mysterious gunmen on police operatives, especially in the southern region.
Such was the case in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom on Tuesday, March 30, when the police command in the state confirmed the death of three officers, Premium Times reports.
It also revealed that it does not know the whereabouts of four others.
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The police said the tragedies happened when some officers clashed with hoodlums in the Essien Udim local government area of the state.
Speaking on the incidents, a superintendent of police, MacDon, said:
“The commissioner of police, Amiengheme Andrew, is deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack on security personnel who were out maintaining the peace yesterday, 30th March, 2021 which led to the demise of CSP Ben Ajide who was the commander of the Command’s Quick Intervention Unit and two others, while four others are missing."
Sahara Reporters claimed that the thugs also killed a military officer and injured a few others.
The police commissioner has sympathised with the family of the slain officers. He assured that those behind the attack would not go unpunished.
Meanwhile, a caucus of southeast lawmakers in the Senate had condemned the mindless killings carried out by some gunmen suspected to be killer herdsmen in Ebonyi on Tuesday, March 30.
The senators, chaired by Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy president of the red chamber, in a statement on Wednesday, March 31, called on Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu to do everything possible in tracking and arresting perpetrators of the crimes.
The caucus kicked against what it referred to as massacre in its entirety, insisting that these criminals must never go unpunished like others in the past.
Part of the statement read:
“This act is most unfeeling and gruesome, and we condemn it in totality. But more importantly, this must not go unpunished like others before it."