Fear has gripped residents of Umutu, Obeti and Oliogo and other neighbouring communities in Ukwuani local government area of Delta State following the killing of three policemen at a checkpoint by gunmen.
The victims who were attached to Umutu Divisional Police Headquarters were killed at a checkpoint yesterday morning by the gunmen. The checkpoint was mounted by the late officers along the Obeti/Oliogo Road.
Local sources told LEADERSHIP that their patrol vehicle, a Toyota Sienna recently donated to the Umutu police division was burnt by the hoodlums.
One of the sources said the gunmen after killing the police officers went ahead to set them ablaze inside the patrol vehicle.
He said, “Three police officers attached to the Umutu Division Police Headquarters were attacked and killed on arrival to a checkpoint between Obeti and Oliogo in Ukwuani local government area of Delta.
“They were burnt beyond recognition in their patrol Toyota Sienna.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report.
This is sequel to the murder case under investigation in the command where the Prince of Orhuwhorun, one Prince Eric Takerere, and two mobile policemen were murdered and their rifles carted away and also the attempted murder of his brother Prince Franklyn Takerere.
LEADERSHIP gathered that police operatives from the Delta State Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime Squad (SAKCCS) carried out diligent and painstaking investigation on one Godspower Agabarhayowe and Tony Edwin that were earlier arrested in connection with the murder.
The police claimed all the suspects confessed to being involved in the murder of Prince Eric Takerere and his two mobile policemen and also led the operatives to their armoury where two AK47 rifles, one pump action gun, one locally made pistol, four magazines, 76 rounds of live ammunition and 38 rounds of live cartridges were recovered.
The state police public relations officer, (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the story.