Rivers police gives details of attacks by unknown gunmen that took away four AK-47s
By Ignatius Chukwu
Curfews were placed, the state was placed on emergency gear, yet the unknown gunmen succeeded in attacking three police points and killed as many as seven.
After another bloody night in Rivers State, the Rivers State police command has revealed details of the attack by unknown gunmen that took the lives of seven policemen and ravaged another set of three police points this time in the fringes of the capital city, Port Harcourt.
Gun shots rent the air most of Friday night as residence kept sharing messages warning family members and associates that Choba where the University of Port Harcourt is situated was on fire with shooting; that Rumuji too (just across the Choba Bridge) had come under heavy fire, and later that Elimgbu Divisional Police Station on the way to Owerri from Tank area of Port Harcourt was being attacked.
Those who went near to peep reported seeing lifeless or headless bodies of policemen at some these locations. A source at night shared messages on facebook wondering how the newly re-inaugurated security outfit in the state known as C4i had easily been attacked in Rumuji.
The killings came two weekends after about nine security officers were killed on Owerri Road at three different checkpoints manned by the Joint Task Force (JTF) together with a Customs post.
The next night, four soldiers guarding an oil facility were killed at Andoni in the creeks. This brought tension that forced the state government to introduce curfew at the boundaries to ward off any entry or exit from 8pm. One week later, a statewide curfew from 10pm was introduced.
Gov Nyesom Wike who slammed the new curfew said it was based on security reports that just filtered in.
Some security analysts showered apprehension over the tightness of the curfew, saying the suspected Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern security Network (ESN) were not only coming from nearby states but were already resident in the state.
Confirming the latest attacks, the office of the deputy commissioner of police (operations) in the state said the attacks began at 8.30pm Friday night in Choba, saying the attackers came in a Hilux van.
The report stated: “The invaders attacked C4i patrol team at Choba area of Port Harcourt and shot dead two policemen, namely Jubiril Adams (an Assistant Superintend of Police –ASP) and George Matthew, an inspector. Two AK-47 rifles were snatched. Their patrol vans were set ablaze.
“The armed men further attacked Rumuji Police Division in Emuohua, just after the Choba Bridge, killed and beheaded two officers namely Nelson Azuma (ASP) and Friday Oyeghe (an Inspector) and carted away two AK- 47 rifles and set a patrol van ablaze. One Emeka Amadi, a special constabulary sustained bullet wound on the chest.
“On their way out, they were engaged by tactical teams mobilised to assist the division, and they abandoned their Hilux van riddled with bullets. They escaped with bullet injuries in a sienna bus.
“They later attacked Elimgbu Police Division killing two ASPs, Ibrahim Otteh, and Okoro Azuka along with one Inspector, Bassey Paulinus while a Sergeant, Oluchukwu Emehuru, sustained bullet injuries. Four rifles were stolen.
“The tactical teams chased them further and they abandoned the Sienna bus with a pool of blood inside. No police station was burnt. Efforts are still on to track them down as more information is expected.”
In his contribution, the representative of Friday Ebuka, the State Commissioner of Police, ACP Anthony Odita, who is the AC Administration in the State, as his counterpart of the NSCDC, eulogised the Executive Governor of the State, Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,, CON, GSSRS, POS (AFRICA), for his proactiveness in establishing the Agency, especially at this period of the nation’s history when security challenge is the biggest threat to our societal development and the need for locally processed security seem to be the closest solution to tackling the present challenge facing the society.
Further more, he warned the operatives to live up to the expected standard of their Director General, Dr Mike Uche Chukwuma, (ACP rtd) whom he described as an epitome of discipline and a tireless worker who always stood his ground against any issue concerning injustice and corruption during his days as a police officer.