Gunmen have again killed two Policemen manning a checkpoint at Urua Inyang, headquarters of Ika Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.
The armed hoodlums, according to a member of the community stormed the checkpoint with several motorcycles and shot the two officers dead, while others fled, leaving the hoodlums to seize their riffles and set patrol the van ablaze.
Confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon in a release made available to Newsfocusng in Uyo on Wednesday said “On 27/4/2021, at about 7:00pm, some armed men on Motorcycles, heading towards Ika Divisional Headquarters vicinity, armed with AK-47 and other dangerous weapons with the intent to attack the Division and set it ablaze met stiff resistance as the Divisional Police Officer and other Officers on ground fought gallantly and repelled the attackers who took to their heels with possible bullet wounds.
The statement read in bits; “Unfortunately, before heading towards the Station to attack it, they ambushed and killed a Woman Police Corporal, one Esther Akpan who had just closed from duty and was on her way home in company of a Police Special Constabulary, one Isonuyo Effiong Paul and burnt the Volvo vehicle attached to the Division.
“The Commissioner of Police, who was at the Division for an on-the-spot assessment, condoled with the families of slained female Officer and the Special Constabulary.
“He commended the gallantry exhibited by the DPO and his Men and was also very appreciative of the role played by the Youths of IKA, while urging them to continue partnering the Police in crime fighting. He has however, launch a discreet investigation with the aim of bringing perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice”.
This killing brought to five the number of Policemen killed in the line of duty in Akwa Ibom by unknown gunmen, while four others were declared missing in the recent times.
Two Inspectors were set ablaze and a leader of the Quick Response Squad (QRS), a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), was also shot dead while leading the squad to confront armed hoodlums in their base in Ikot Akpan in Essien Udim Local Government Area.