A policeman has been killed while three others sustained injuries in a gun attack at Kolo police station in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state, at 8:30 pm on Monday, Sept. 4.
Channels Television quoted a witness as saying the attack was carried out by suspected oil thieves.
The sad incident comes one week after four soldiers were killed in an ambush at Letugbene, a community in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state.
According to the Bayelsa Command of the police force, it received a tip off that suspected militants were in the area.
Mr. Butswat Asinim told NewsWire that contrary to reports, the attack was not on a police station.
He said members of the community aided the suspects in attacking the policemen and fleeing.
See part of the statement below.
The Policemen based on a tip-off intercepted a vehicle conveying suspected militants. Two of the suspects were arrested and handcuffed, but resisted any attempt by the Policemen to search their vehicle, in the ensuing uproar, members of the community gathered around the vehicle and rescued the arrested suspects and the Policemen were attacked.
The Command regrettably lost a Police Sergeant and arms, a Police corporal and a civilian were injured and are responding to treatment in the Hospital.
Members of the public are advised to assist the Police in fighting crime rather than compound police investigations, as the crowd was partly responsible for the attacked on the Policemen.