Three officers have been killed in an attack on the Umutu Police Divisional Headquarters in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Acting Public Police Relations Officer Bright Edafe confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.
Edafe noted that the incident started at about 2.am when armed men in their numbers stormed the Umutu police formation, shooting sporadically at the station.
While explaining that the attack was repelled by men of the command, 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.
Newsclickng.com reports that Friday’s attack is the second assault on a police formation in the oil-rich state in less than two weeks.
Recall that the daredevil gunmen had on Sunday, 16th May stormed the Nsukwa Divisional Police Station in Aniocha South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, 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.
Read Full Statement Below:
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,