It’s been reported that three officers have been killed in an attack on the Umutu Police Divisional Headquarters in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
Bright Edafe who is the Acting Public Police Relations Officer confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.
Officer Edafe noted that the incident occurred at about 2.am when armed men in their numbers stormed the Umutu police formation, shooting sporadically at the station.
narrating the attack he said that the men of the command tried to repel, the police spokesman noted that “unfortunately, two policemen were gunned down in the attack while one other is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital”.
“The Commissioner of police is assuring members of the public that every measure has been put in place to arrest those responsible for this act, and also urges members of the public to help with useful and timely information,” the statement added.
Friday 28, May attack is the second assault on a police formation in Delta State in less than two weeks.
Gunmen had stormed the Nsukwa Divisional Police Station in Aniocha South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, on May 16th, setting some vehicles belonging to the security outfit on fire.
The attackers invaded the police station in the early hours of the day with three officers feared dead.
Nigeria’s security situation has worsened in recent months despite the federal government’s reassurances and efforts by security agencies.
Assaults on police formations have also made headlines, coupled with attacks on offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba had in April met with commanders from the south-east and south-south regions to explore ways of tackling the rising crime rate in the area.
“It is not like we do not have problems in other geopolitical zones of the country, but we have to address them one after the other,” Baba stated during the meeting where he admitted that the challenges facing the regions would require a rejigging of the force’s operational strategies.
But critics have accused the government and security agencies of complacency in handling the issues, saying the current situation may spiral out of control.
Below is the full statement:
28th May 2021.
DELTA POLICE COMMAND REPELS ATTACK ON UMUTU POICE STATION
In the early hours of today 28th may 2021 at about 0130 hours, armed men in their numbers stormed Umutu police station, they shot sporadically at the station, but due to proactive measure already put in place by the Delta state commissioner of police, they were faced with stiff resistance by the men on duty, as the policemen on duty gave them a tough fight.
The armed men had to retreat when they saw that the policemen on duty were not relenting, two of the armed bandit were gun down while others injured.
They had to take a retreat, they quickly carried their dead and ran away. The Command lost two policemen, while one ASP died out of High Blood pressure in the hospital.
The armed bandit who came with the intention of causing mayhem and burning down the station and carting away arm did not succeed, as they could not penetrate the station, no arm loss, the station was not burnt, normalcy has been restored.
The Commissioner of police is assuring members of the public that every measure has been put in place to arrest those responsible for this act, and also urges members of the public to help with useful and timely information.
DSP. EDAFE BRIGHT,
Ag. POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
DELTA STATE COMMAND,