There has been yet another attack on a Police formation by unknown hoodlums. This time, in Akwa Ibom State.
According to reports, it was gathered that on Wednesday morning, at about 6:30am, armed hoodlums numbering about 15 attacked the Police Area Command and Division in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was learnt that the hoodlums killed a Police officer, Constable Edogi Bassey, during the mayhem and set a section of the Police station on fire.
It was gathered that the hoodlums vandalized Senator Godswill Akpabio Unity Hall in Essien Udim Local Government Area of the State.
According to sources, the tragic incidents allegedly occurred simultaneously in the two local government Areas on Wednesday morning.
A resident of Essien Udim who spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity said, “the hoodlums invaded Godswill Akpabio Unity hall today (Wednesday) broke the louvres, the ceilings as well as the plastic chairs inside the hall.”
“But no life was lost in the Essien Udim attack, ” the resident added.
Confirming the attack in a Press Release, the Police Public Relations Officer of Akwa Ibom State Police Command, SP Odiko Macdon, said that the hoodlums launched an attack on the Police Division and Police Area command at about 6:30am, Wednesday morning.
In his own words, he said, “Armed Men, in their numbers, armed with AK-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons, in two vehicles attacked the rented building housing the Etim Ekpo Area Command and Division.”
“The undaunted and vigilant Police Officers on duty gallantly fought back, repelled them and averted the intended carnage. Unfortunately, a dedicated Officer, one PC Edogi Bassey paid the supreme price while a small portion of the building was touched.”
“The gunmen who proceeded to Ika Division to perpetuate their nefarious activities were successfully repelled again, leaving the station intact without loss of lives or arms.”
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andrew who is going round formations and Divisions to ensure alertness and safety of Officers, Men and the People has called on law-abiding Citizens to volunteer timely information that will enable the Police tackle the present security challenges, “the statement reads.