Another police officer killed in Bayelsa

About three months after a police sergeant was killed in Bayelsa State, another officer of the same rank has been killed in the state.

In the latest attack, the gunmen attacked a police patrol team along Kolo Road in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The assailants also reportedly made away with the weapon of their victim.

The spokesperson of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the development, said on Tuesday in Yenagoa that the incident took place on September 4.

Mr. Butswat said that a police corporal and a civilian were also injured in the attack, the latest in the string of militant attacks in the resource-rich Niger Delta.

According to him, the injured corporal and the civilian have been admitted in a hospital for medical attention.

“The Bayelsa State Police Command wishes to use this medium to inform the general public that on September 4 at about 8:30 p.m., policemen on vehicular patrol along Kolo 2, Ogbia Local Government Area were attacked by unknown gunmen.

“The policemen, based on a tip-off, intercepted a vehicle conveying suspected militants.

“Two of the suspects were arrested and handcuffed but resisted any attempt by the policemen to search their vehicle.

“In the ensuing uproar, members of the community gathered around the vehicle and rescued the arrested suspects and the policemen were attacked.

“The command regrettably, lost a police sergeant and arms, a police corporal and a civilian were injured and are responding to treatment in hospital.

“Members of the public are advised to assist the police in fighting crime, rather than to compound police investigation as the crowd was partly responsible for the attack on the policemen,” Mr. Butwat said.

Nigerian troops have been locked in bloody showdowns with militants in the Niger Delta, Nigeria’s resource base for many years.

However, an amnesty programme introduced by the federal government brought a thaw in the conflict but the militants are still throwing deadly punches intermittently.

The Bayelsa attack also occurs on the same day gunmen attacked a police post in Zamfara, North-west Nigeria. Three police officers are still missing from the Zamfara attack.