Unknown gunmen with “superior fire power” have whisked away five police officers in Rivers State.
The officers were ambushed by the gunmen who bombarded them with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for safety when they went to Okujagu community in the state on a routine police inquiry.
Rivers State police public relations officer, Ahmad Mohammad, on Friday, May 27, 2016 said the police officers went missing after they were ambushed in the early hours of Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the Okujagu village in Okrika council area of the state.
He said the officers were bombarded before they could disembark from the boat that ferried them to the village, a development which made them scamper for safety but the five missing officers were most unlucky.
“They were bombarded with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for cover and by the time the firing ended, six policemen comprising two inspectors and four other rank and file could not be accounted for but a day after Inspector Aferuan Imoukhuede who was among the missing policemen was rescued,” Mohammad told the press.
He said though rescue plans are ongoing, the condition of the policemen has remained a mystery to the state command.
However, the state police command has said that 53 suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime while the state commissioner of police has set up investigative committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding their disappearance.