Gunmen in Anambra state yesterday ambushed Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s Security Personnel and killed three police officers attacked to government house, Asaba.
The incident, according to reports , occurred on Friday in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State on the governor’s way to Abia State.
Three policemen from the department of Explosive Ordinance Device, (EoD) from the Delta State Police Command, Asaba, attached to the state government house, Asaba, have been killed by some gunmen.
Giving the names of the three deceased police officers as Inspectors Lucky Aleh, Celestine Nwadiokwu and Jude Obuh, a police officer attached to the Anambra State command who pleaded for anonymity, disclosed that the three officers who were part of the advance party of the PDP vice presidential candidate and governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa to Abia state were attacked and killed by unknown gunmen at about 1.30pm at Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State and their vehicle set ablaze.
It was reliably gathered that two of the killed police officers were indigenes of Agbor, Delta state.
“Four officers were in the vehicle but one was on mufti (not on uniform) so he was freed while the three in uniform were killed. The Escort commander from the Government House, Asaba, was sent to bring their corpses and deposit in a mortuary in Asaba,” a Government House source stated.
Contacted on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), of Anambra State command, Ikenga Tochukeu, confirmed the incident, adding that, “We got distress calls and we rushed to the scene of the incident. The policemen who were killed are from the Delta state command and were on transit as at the time of the incident. But I can assure you that the state commissioner of police, Anambra is very poised to bringing to book the criminals behind the dastardly act.”
As at the time of filing in this report, the Delta State Government house and the state police command are said to have been thrown into mourning mood over the incident.
Main while, Governor Okowa, in a swift reaction said “The Delta State Government and my family extend our sincere sympathies to the bereaved families of Lucky Aleh, Celestine Nwadiokwu, and Jude Obuh.
“These three gallant officers deployed to the Government House in Asaba, who were tragically ambushed while en route to Abia State for today’s PDP Presidential rally, will be deeply missed.
“These untimely and devastating losses serve as a poignant reminder of the fragility of human life and the importance of promoting peace and rejecting violence in all of our communities.
“May their gentle soul rest in peace even as we earnestly seek justice on their behalf. Amen”.
——-Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa