Tension in Delta as herdsmen kill police ASP on rescue mission
By Steve Oko
There is palpable tension in Delta State following the killing of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, by herdsmen.
The ASP, names withheld was leading a police team on rescue operation when the team was ambushed by herdsmen.
The team was said to have gone in search of a victim allegedly abducted by herdsmen when they came under fire by herdsmen.
According to police source the incident occurred at Umuachi-Afor community, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state.
The police officer, until his death, was attached to the Ashaka police divisional headquarters,.
He was leading a crack team to neutilise the rampaging herdsmen who had been terrorizing the area with kidnapping activities.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said: “We had a situation where someone was abducted and that took our men into the bush in search of the hoodlums.
“On their way, they were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who, in fact, opened fire on the police rescue team. In the process, the ASP was hit by bullets.”
Aniamaka, however, refused to disclose the identity of the deceased police officer, saying “His family is not yet aware of the development.”
He said the officer died in the hospital where he was rushed to for treatment.
According to him, “There is reinforcement into the bush and we are getting support from the local vigilante team.”
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Activities of herdsmen have assumed a worrisome dimension in Delta state in the recent times.
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