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Unknown gunmen ambush police patrol van, kill 3 officers in Delta

By Gabriel Elozino

Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed three police officers attached to the Delta state command in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the State.

The incident which caused tension in the community and Asaba the state capital, it was gathered took place in the early hours of Sunday.

Community sources had claimed that the officers were killed in an attack on the Okpanam police station after they were overpowered by the hoodlums who storm the station in their numbers and fully armed.

However, authorities of the state’s police command denied the claim, saying the hoodlums did not attack the station but rather ambushed its men who were responding to a distress call.

Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bright Edafe who confirmed the killing of the officers by the hoodlums, said they were attacked on the way to attend to a distress call.

Edafe in a recorded voice message obtained by The Trumpet in Asaba said one of the suspects has been arrested.

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“Today (Sunday) at about 4.40 hours of the early morning, men of Okpanam Division were ambushed while responding to a distressed call by unknown persons, unknown armed hoodlums. And they killed three of our personnel.

“The command has been able to arrest one of the suspects who is helping us with useful information.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on members of the public with useful information to avail us with it.

“We are doing our best and in no time, the remaining suspects would be arrested and brought to book.

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