Gunmen open fire on police officers in Rivers, kill inspector


Gunmen open fire on police officers in Rivers, kill inspector

Gunmen have killed a police inspector along the Eliozu axis of the East-West Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

 

It was gathered that the gunmen, driving in a Sienna bus, opened fire on police officers conducting a stop-and-search operation, killing the Inspector. 

 

 

Spokesperson of the command, SP. Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday, February 22, condemned the senseless and unprovoked attack. 

 

 

The PPRO further revealed that one of the attackers was, however, killed during the ensuing exchange of gunfire. 

 

“We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command,” the statement read.

 

“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop and search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses. The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.

 

“The assailants, drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.

 

“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralize one of them with mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.

 

“The Command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible. Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.

 

“It is important to emphasize that such acts of aggression against security forces detrimentally impact the safety and security of our entire society. The Rivers State Police Command remains resolute in its duty to maintain peace and protect the well-being of the populace.

 

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Olatunji Rilwan Disu psc, reiterates unequivocally that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law. We urge all law-abiding citizens to continue with their daily activities without panic, as we are determined to uphold our mandate of preserving lives and property in the face of such challenges.

 

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Our resolve to serve and protect remains unwavering as we stand together against those who seek to disrupt the peace and harmony of our society.”

 

 

Below are photos of the gunman killed during the shootout…

 

 

Gunmen open fire on police officers in Rivers, kill inspector



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