GUNMEN KILL THREE POLICEMEN IN UGELLI, CART AWAY RIFLES, 120 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION
Three mobile policemen, comprising of two inspectors and a sergeant have been killed by gunmen in Ugheli, Delta State, thereby worsening the security situation in the town and its environs.
The attack occurred on Sunday night, January 10, when the gunmen invaded a popular fast food joint known as Wakyz, where the officers were sitting and shot them.
Eyewitness accounts reveal that the slain policemen, Inspector Simeon Madaki, Inspector Muktari Lawan and Sergeant Adamu Ibrahim, all from PMF 47, Zaria in Kaduna State, were attached to the fast food spot as police guards before the unfortunate incident.
The attack came few days after a new Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Benjamin Igometi, took over the reins of affairs of the Ughelli ‘A’ Division, with a charge on him to curb the rising spate of insecurity in the area.
A senior police officer at the Ughelli Police Area Command confirmed the incident and the identity of the slain policemen.
The source stated that the gunmen also carted away 120 rounds of live ammunition and the three AK-47 rifles belonging to the slain policemen.
According to the source, “The fourth mobile policeman, who is an inspector, had taken cover during the incident, which lasted about five minutes.
“We also recovered 26 expended ammunition of 2.62 calibres at the scene of the incident which we suspect were shot by the hoodlums.”
The Delta State police spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said the police had launched investigation into the matter.
The attack on the police team happened on the same day a couple was attacked at the Ekuigbo axis of Ughelli, killing the lady in the process in what witnesses described as a failed kidnap attempt.
Ughelli town and environs have been under siege in the last three months due to the unending clashes between rival cult groups that have led to the death of nine persons.
Henry Gomeromo, CDC chairman, Bomadi, headquarters of Bomadi local government area of Delta state was also abducted by gunmen on January 6.