There was tension in Ashaka, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, on Sunday, when over 20 unknown gunmen attacked a police station with explosives believed to be homemade explosive devices (IED).
PUSH According to the Metro, the gunmen who were repulsed by police operatives, however, set fire to the station.
Though no one was reported killed in the attack, the hoodlums set fire to the command’s operational vehicles.
Confirming the incident, DSP Bright Edafe, the state command’s spokesman, said the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday, around 1am.
“Several adversaries of the community and the police, all armed men in the vicinity of twenty, stormed Ashaka Police Station,” he stated.
“They lobbed IEDs at the station, shot sporadically, and set fire to the police station built by the community/DESOPADEC, as well as patrol vehicles purchased for the police division by community members.”
“It is necessary to emphasise that no life was lost and no arm was severed. However, the police will not relent in their efforts to maintain law and order in any community.
Edafe stated that unprovoked attacks on police officers will not deter the Delta State Police Force from providing adequate security in any community in the state, emphasising that the hoodlums responsible for this heinous act would not go unpunished, as serious efforts were being made to apprehend and prosecute them.
Additionally, a joint police team killed six suspected armed robbers/kidnappers during a bloody gun duel.
According to the PPRO, on Friday, acting on a tip-off, the Delta State Commissioner of Police deployed joint tactical teams of the command, storming the hideout of suspected armed robbers/kidnappers and engaging the hoodlums in a serious gun duel.
He stated that the joint team killed six of them during the process, while others fled into the bush with gunshot wounds. One Ak-47 rifle, one pump action pistol, and one AK-47 magazine containing 25 rounds of live ammunition were seized.
“In a similar vein, on Friday, while on stop and search duty along Patani-Bayelsa Road, the men of Delta State Command intercepted a Sienna bus with registration number LSR 813 XL and four occupants.
“Upon spotting the police, they immediately attempted to manoeuvre in order to flee. The police pursued them and discovered one locally manufactured Barretta Pistol in the vehicle, along with four suspects – Efe Oyenikoro, Felix George, Emmanuel Job, and Joan Yapiteghe, “he added.