Gunmen who struck today in Abuja reportedly seven police officers, as confirmed by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police commissioner, Sadiq Bello.
Premium Times reported that the incident occurred at Galadimawa Junction, just off the international airport road during a stop-and-search operation. According to eyewitnesses, the gun battle made many pedestrians and traders around the area to run for safety while many sustained various degrees of injuries.
The incident also led to the deployment of more policemen to the community which is close to the ever busy Airport Road.
This report is coming barely three days after two police officers were killed in Akwa Ibom. Recall also that three months ago, it was reported that 10 police officers were killed with many others missing after two separate teams were ambushed by unknown gunmen, in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State. The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
According to a report by Premium Times, the attack started around 6 pm on Sunday when the gunmen fired on two officers who were traveling on a motorcycle between Anyibe and Ayilamo communities. While one of the officers died in the ambush, the other reportedly fled the scene.
After depositing the corpse of the dead victim in the mortuary, a second group of officers, reportedly numbering about 30, were again attacked by gunmen on their way back. The shootout that ensued resulted in the death another nine police officers while several others remained missing.
The information officer for Logo LGA, Paul Pevikyaa, said;
“We have confirmed this morning that 10 policemen were killed including the first one that was killed on a motorcycle. Only a few places are safe now.”
At least two police trucks were also burnt by the attackers. The bodies of the nine officers were discovered on Monday, April 16. The spokesperson for the Benue State Police Command, Moses Yamu, confirmed the attack but only disclosed four casualties at the time of his statement.
“Sadly, at the moment, four casualties have been suffered by the Police. Additional reinforcement (including the Air Asset of the Police) deployed by the Inspector General of Police is in pursuit of the murderous gang,” he said.