Updated May 12, 2021
A police officer, Edogi Bassey, has died in the early hours of Wednesday as gunmen attacks two Akwa Ibom State police stations.
Officer Bassey was killed after the gunmen attacked Etim Ekpo Area Command and Division at about 6.30 am on Wednesday.
A part of the police station was also invaded by the gunmen.
Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the tragedy in the state.
“At about 6:30 a.m. today, armed men, in their numbers, armed with AK 47 Rifles and other dangerous weapons, in two vehicles attacked the rented building housing the Etim Ekpo Area Command and Division.
“The undaunted and vigilant Police Officers on duty gallantly fought back, repelled them, and averted the intended carnage.
Unfortunately, a dedicated Officer, one PC Edogi Bassey paid the supreme price while a small portion of the building was touched,” MacDon said.
In addition he said that the gunmen also attacked Ika Division but were successfully repelled by the officers, “without loss of lives or arms. ”
The Spokesperson lamented over the “unacceptable worrisome trend” of unpleasant, troubling attacks on the police facilities and officers.
He gave assuring statements that the Commission is working hard on putting a stop the insecurity situation in the state.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andrew who is going round formations and Divisions to ensure alertness and safety of officers, men, and the people has called on law-abiding citizens to volunteer timely information that will enable the Police to tackle the present security challenges”, he said.
It’s been recorded that there has been series of attacks on the security agencies in the South-east and South-south which has increased the security challenges in both regions.
The wife of a Police officer and five police officers were killed by gunmen during an attack on the Divisional Police Headquarters, Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom State.
In April, two police officers were gunned down and a vehicle of the station was burnt down during an attack on the Ika Divisional Headquarters vicinity.