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Attack on police checkpoint leaves Inspector dead in Rivers

…As officers neutralise one assailant

By: Felix Ikpotor

An attack on a police checkpoint in Port Harcourt has left one inspector dead.

A statement by the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe-Koko said the incident occurred Wednesday night at the Eliozu flyover where men of the Operation Sting were conducting routine stop and search operation.

She explained that the gunmen who drove in carton-coloured Sienna car opened fire on the operatives leading to the death of the inspector whose name was however, not disclosed.

The statement said the police however, neutralised one member of the gang, adding that investigation is still on to apprehend other fleeing members of the gang.

The statement reads in part: “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. 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”.

The statement emphasized that such acts of aggression against security forces detrimentally impact the safety and security of the entire society, adding that the Command remains resolute in its duty to maintain peace and protect the well-being of the populace.

It further reiterates that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law.

The statement further condole the family of the fallen inspector, assuring them that his sacrifice will not be in vain.

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