Some suspect Fulani bandits who have taken over forests across the country, on Friday night, beheaded two policemen and killed five others at the Rumuji Police Divisional Headquarters in Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State.
According to reports, the assailants had earlier attacked a police formation, C4i, on the East-West road, in the same local government.
They later moved to Rumuji where they perpetrated the crime.
The Rivers Police Command confirmed the attacks, describing them as unprovoked and mindless.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, said concerning the attacks:
“The incidents, which led to the death of seven policemen occurred last night at about 2030hrs, where unknown gunmen driven in two branded Hilux vans, attacked the special checkpoints at Choba bridge, where in a surprised attack, killed two policemen on duty and set ablaze a private car belonging to one of the policemen.
“A similar attack was launched at Rumuji Police Station by the same hoodlums who killed two policemen on duty and burnt a police patrol vehicle. However, a stiff resistance by the police prevented the hoodlums from gaining access into the police station.
“In the course of exchange of fire, two of the attackers were fatally wounded and died on the spot.
The third attack at Elimgbu Police Station was equally resisted by the police, though three officers were killed in that attack but the serious fire engagement made them to abandon their bullet-riddled Hilux van, while they escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds with a snatched Sienna bus.
“The continued engagement by the Police, also forced them to abandon the Sienna car they were using to escape at the Refinery junction, while their remnants again escaped with bullet wounds”.
Omoni said the remains of the fallen heroes had been evacuated and deposited in the mortuary.
He said: “The Commissioner of Police, CP. Eboka Friday, who led members of his management team and tactical Commanders to the respective scenes this morning for an on-the-spot assessment, has launched a serious manhunt for the preparators with a view to apprehending the culprits and bringing them to justice.
“So far, the Command is relatively calm and the Commissioner of Police is currently in a security meeting with his team, as security has been further strengthened in all the police formations in the state, including other critical public and private infrastructure.
“It is pertinent to note, that in all three attacks carried out last night, no Police Station/formation was burnt. Regrettably, a total of five assault rifles were lost in the incident.”