Governor Nyesom Wike has condemned the recent attacks on police formations in Rivers State. This was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, on Saturday, May 8.
Governor Wike said the attacks were carried out by unidentified gunmen; who “are bent on plunging Nigeria into another unwarranted crisis.”
“He, on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State; expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the Policemen and the Rivers State Police Command,” the statement said.
While assuring residents to be calm, Governor Wike said “the Security Council has taken measures to secure the State.”
Seven police officers were killed in overnight (between Friday and Saturday) attacks on three police formations in two Local Government Areas.
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Nnamdi Omoni, the attack which took place at 8:30 pm on Friday; was carried out by “unknown gunmen who drove in two branded Hilic vans.”
Omoni said two policemen were killed by the assailants at a special checkpoint between Choba community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area; and also Emohua Local Government Area with a private car belonging to one of the policemen set ablaze.
He also added that the hoodlums then launched a second attack on a police station in Rumuji; a town along the Bayelsa axis of the East-west road in Emohua Local Government Area; killing two more policemen as well as set a police patrol van ablaze.
He said the third attack was launched on another police station in a community called Elimgbu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area; where three additional police officers were killed.
The Rivers State Police Spokesman, however, said during the attack at Rumuji, the officers at the police station were able to put up a “strong resistance”; and in the process, “fatally wounded two of the attackers who died on the spot.”