Seven policemen had been reportedly killed in a night attack on Police facilities in Emohua Local Government Area and other parts of Rivers State.
According to the Guardian, the gunmen took the police unexpectedly burnt two patrol vehicles and destroyed C4i security checkpoint along East West road.
These happened close to Choba bridge near University of Port Harcourt and in Rumuji Community by 10pm on Friday night. It was learnt that the gunmen first stormed and attacked the C4i checkpoint located after Choba bridge destroying it but no officer was killed there. The gunmen later went to Ogbakiri junction where they killed the police officer on duty.
The attackers were also said to have proceeded to Rumuji Police station where they killed more officers and beheaded one while setting two patrol vans ablaze before escaping through Elele Alimini axis of the East West road.
Three policemen reportedly killed, and several injured in another attack that took place at Elimgbu Police Station in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.
The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni when contacted confirmed the incident. A source from the community who witnessed the incident also told journalists in Port Harcourt that the incident happened few minutes after 10pm.
According to the source, the criminals operated without interruption. It was learnt that the hoodlums wore two different security uniforms and came in a Hilux van. The Youth President of Elimgbu Ambassador Uche Morgan, told journalists that the incident caused serious panic in the area.
MEANWHILE, Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that no amount of intimidation or cruel resort to barbaric attacks will compel the state to succumb to secessionist agenda of those on bent to plung Nigeria into another unwarranted crisis.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the Security Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike condemned attacks by unidentified gunmen on some state police facilities.
A statement by Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Kelvin Ebiri, quoted Wike as calling for calm following the overnight attacks on police personnel in the State.
“On behalf of the Government of Rivers State, I express my deepest condolences to the families of the Policemen and the Rivers State Police Command. I wish to offer our heartfelt condolences and deep sadness in the wake of these horrific attacks,” the statement read in part.
The governor urged residents to be calm, and remain civil as the Security Council had taken measures to safeguard the State. He therefore enjoined them to be vigilant and report suspicious movement or persons to security agents. Two weeks ago, Wike had declared curfew in all land borders in the state from 8pm and later declared dusk to dawn curfew to check attacks in the state.