Fulani herdsmen ambushed police officers with AK47 leaving one dead many injured

Police officers from the Edo state police command on Tuesday were allegedly ambushed by Fulani herdsmen armed with AK47.

According to reports, The attack occurred after a heated argument between a Fulani herdsman and one Joshua Igbashiro. 

During the argument, the unidentified herdsman shot and killed Igbashiro before fleeing to regroup.

The policemen from Ekiadolor police divisional headquarters in Benin were mobilized after receiving a complaint about the incident.

The police officers were ambushed on their way to arrest the suspect.

Part of the statement quoted below

The Divisional Police Officer, Ekiadolor division, detailed Police operatives led by the District Officer (Owan Police Station), ASP Okodomi, with 11 men from the Vigilante Group of Nigeria village hunters, to the community for the arrest of the suspect and recovery of the gun.

Unfortunately, while the team of policemen was on board in a boat to cross over Of River heading to Ofutebe Community near the Owan community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, some suspected herdsmen with AK 47 riffles, ambushed them.

They fired sporadically at them, and in the process, ASP Monday Ogeide and the complainant were shot on their hands. At the same time, Inspector Ogundele Sunday was not seen immediately after the attack.

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Consequently, the Command receiving the report of the incident, mobilized a back-up team who rescued ASP Monday Ogeide and the complainant and rushed them to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

“This time, the whereabouts of Inspector Ogundele Sunday was still unknown. Efforts were put in place to rescue him, recover his rifle, and effect the suspects’ arrest.

On the 28th day of January 2020, a search party led by CSP Abdullahi Wase, the Divisional Police Officer, Ekiadolor divisional headquarters, collaborated with the vigilante group and the hunters were dispatched to the scene of the crime in search of Inspector Ogundele Sunday.

After a rigorous and diligent search, the officer was sighted on Ofe River inside a boat, and he was rescued alive with his rifle. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment.

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