Gunmen again on Wednesday hoodlums divisional police station located at Etim Ekpo Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State and killed one officer.
One Police Constable, the officer, Edogi Bassey, was gunned down by the hoodlums during exchange of bullets between policemen and the assassins.
The Police Public Relations Officer
(PRO) in the Akwa Ibom state, Odiko Macdon, who testify to the attack in a statement in Uyo, said the hoodlums drove into the station in two vehicles loaded with dangerous weapons including AK-47 rifles.
The statement titled, ‘Police repelled attack at police stations’ read in part “At about 6:30am today, 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 gallant 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 torched.
“The gunmen who proceeded to Ika Division to perpetrate their nefarious activities were successfully again repelled leaving the station intact without loss of lives or arms.”
The statement further added that the worrisome situation is being addressed by the police hierarchy and required the collaboration of all, adding that Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom state, Andrew Amiengheme, had visited police formations and had called on law abiding citizens to volunteer timely information that will enable the police tackle the present security challenges in the state.