Nine unidentified gunmen yesterday invaded the Gbarain-Epetiama Police division in Yenagoa Local Government council of Bayelsa State, killing a pregnant police woman,the Divisional Police Officer and two other policemen on duty and carted away service riffles in their armoury.
The DPO, identified as Supol Ola Rosanla was shot dead while trying to respond to the volley of gunshots from the gunmen, while the pregnant police woman, who was identified as an indigene of Ogbia Local Government council, was reportedly shot dead with her seven months old pregnancy.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the incident, which occurred at about 2a.m yesterday, caused pandemonium in the community, as the volley of gunshots from the gunmen lasted over an hour.
It was gathered that the gunmen, who came into the sleepy community through the Sabagiriya end of the community in two speed boats, ransacked the armoury of the Divisional Police Station and carted away arms and ammunition.
The Police Divisional headquarter in Gbarain-Epetiama is described as a make-shift building without perimeter fencing. Community sources revealed that it was a customary court building converted into a police station.
Some community sources claimed the killing of the Policemen was premeditated and described it as “revenge” mission over the arrest, torture and detention of some suspected kidnappers by the division.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the arrested kidnappers were later released at the State Police headquarters after some alleged money exchanged hands with unknown sponsors. They were alleged to have carried out the attack against the deceased DPO and his men for refusing to accept bribe and release them initially.
Others claimed that the bloody attack was carried out by some strange men who came into Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital under the guise of participating in the aborted Ijaw National Congress (INC) election that was disrupted. The same weekend witnessed numerous armed robbery attacks in most parts of the State capital.
One of the early callers at the scene and the State Commissioner of Youths Development, Hon. Udengs Eradiri, described the attack as a resemblance of anger against the Policemen at the division and an attack on the people of the community.
Eradiri, who is an indigene of the community, told LEADERSHIP that “the incident is a sad one and a clear attack on the people of the community.
“My community is under attack. It is not a good scene. There is blood everywhere with shattered bones of policemen. The community and the police community are victims in the attack.”
“Aside from the alleged claim of arms gathering ahead of the general elections, the attitude of the federal government is also facilitating lots of violence. Most arms acquired are acquired through such means. When you begin to see those attacks, it shows signs of poor governance”.
It is shocking and unbelievable – Bayelsa SSG
Dr. Kemela Okara, the Secretary to State Government (SSG),in his reaction to the development expressed shock and disbelief.
” It is difficult to understand why people carry out such wicked and dastardly acts in the dead of night to kill police officers in their duty post. It is something that is completely unbelievable and wicked. I came personally to ascertain if what I am hearing was actually true, because it is beyond belief. People who have committed such act and you cannot even begin to think of words to describe such human beings”.
“It is very important to first of all share our condolences to the families of those affected. I can assure you that as a government that places high premium on security of the people and those of law enforcement officers securing out citizens, we would not take this lightly at all. We would leave no stone unturned, we would make every effort possible to bring those who committed this dastardly act to book. We would ensure they are apprehended and face the full wrath of the law. We cannot afford to have a state where people feel they can move into a community and kill people at will, that we cannot allow to happen”.
…IGP orders crack squad to Bayelsa
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Muhammed has ordered a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police(DCP), Frank Mba, in a statement issued via electronic mail, quoted the IGP condemning the attack which resulted in the death of the Divisional Police Officer, SP Ola Rosanla with three other Police officers and left two others injured. He pledged that no stone will be left unturned towards apprehending the perpetrators and bringing them to book.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of crack detectives from the IGP-Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), the Forensic and Homicide sections of the FCID and Special Operatives of the Marine Police Department to Yenagoa to complement the efforts of the Bayelsa Police Command in carrying out discrete investigation into the unfortunate incident”.
“The IGP, while paying tribute to the fallen heroes, condoled the families of the four Cops who paid the supreme price in the service of their fatherland, describing the incident as a classic example of the risk and sacrifices the Police are exposed to in their daily task of protecting our homeland”.
“The IGP enjoins the Agudama Ekpetiama Community and the entire people of Bayelsa State to remain calm and to avail the Police with credible information that will help the Law Enforcement agencies towards apprehending the criminals”.
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