SECURITY CHALLENGES : POLICE PERSONNEL TURNS ENDANGERED SPECIES

The height of brazen attacks on Police Stations and killing of personnel was experienced after the hijack of peaceful #EndSARS protest by hoodlums in October 2020.

Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said that no fewer than 22 police officers were killed by youth protesting police brutality while hundreds of police stations and formations across the country were damaged.

But long after the end of the violent protests when the wounds were healing and Police pulling out of the onslaught with rebuilding of its formations, Policemen seem to have become endangered species especially in South East.

The attacks on Police which has assumed a worrisome dimension has resulted to loss of personnel, destruction of vehicle and police stations have been reported in Abia State, Anambra State, Ebonyi State and Imo states all in South East Nigeria as well as Cross Rivers

On December 24, a Police team at Amannachi on the Orlu-Ihiala Road was attacked by gunmen who killed two personnel instantly and later set their patrol vehicle ablaze.

Civilian victims were also recorded on the day of the including a promising youth popularly called ‘Soludo’ whose vehicle was also snatched in the process.

On January 10, three Police officers including two male and one female were killed when unidentified gunmen invaded Onueke Police Station in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi state and carted away two Ak riffles.

Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi state confirmed the attack and death of personnel.

According to her, “Yes, three policemen were killed in the attack. We don’t know the identity of the attackers yet. We are calling on the general public to provide information to the police in order to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” she said.

The tales of deaths of Policemen in the hands of gunmen reverberated in Cross River State on Feb 24 when four of them on patrol were gunned down.

It was bloody recently in Calabar, Cross River State South South Nigeria as unknown gunmen gunned four police officers at a check point at about 12:30 am.

The policemen comprising two inspectors and two sergeants, were killed in the early hours of Thursday at a check point along MCC – Idundung road in Calabar.

According to a local eyewitness, their dead bodies were seen on the floor in their pool of blood as a team of police men recovered the two ruffles that were left behind.

Miss Irene Ugbo, PPRO in Cross River said that the Command has been thrown into grief and is very bitter about the ugly incident.

“It is quite unfortunate and we feel really sad and in mourning mood about the death of the four officers who lost their lives.

“We are investigating the matter and will surely root out the culprits no matter how far they run or hide, we must get them that I can assure you,” she said.

In Abia state, gunmen struck at Omoba Police station in Isiala Ngwa South and Abayi Station in Aba on Feb. 2 and Feb. 23 killing a total of three personnel.

Police in the state confirmed that the assailants gained access into the armoury and carted away a number of AK 47 rifles and ammunitions.

Hamisu Ado Nguru

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