By Joel Grandball
A police sergeant attached to the Ughelli Area Command simply identified as Sergeant Godspower Ogute have been confirmed dead while others sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds when a gang of unidentified gunmen ambushed a Dragon 20 Patrol team at a police check point in Ogor, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the suspected hoodlums allegedly made away with a police rifle belonging to the police team after the incident
It would be recalled that in July 2018, suspected armed robbers ambushed dragon 28 patrol team leaving one of the officer attached to the team with a shattered hands and still recovering
Also, this attack is the latest on assaults on policemen serving under the Ughelli Area Command which recorded two similar incidents in September with the hoodlums also making away with an undisclosed number of rifles belonging to the slain policemen.
Resident from nearby Ogor community told the Pointer that they heard sporadic gunshots from the scene of the incident at about 2a.m in what could be described as an exchange of gunfire by the hoodlums and the policemen.
A senior police officer at the Ughelli Area Command who spoke on condition of anonymity, gave the name of the slain policeman as Sergeant Godspower Ogute adding that an inspector and another personnel attached to the team sustained gunshot wounds while a fourth officer, escaped into the bush.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the incident, said, “The team was ambushed by the hoodlums adding that the causality figure could have been high if not for the “gallantry efforts” of the policemen.
“The fact is that evidently, ambush was laid, the hoodlums opened fire on the policemen and they came prepared but the men fought gallantly back and that is why the causality is not as much as it is.
“Am not in the position to confirm if arrest has been made, all I can say is that the police are doing whatever is humanly possible to apprehend the hoodlums and the support of the public is needed in this fight.” Aniamaka said.