April 17, 2024

Angry Youths Beat Two Police To Death As Convoy Kills Okada Rider, Other

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Two mobile policemen were beaten to death by angry youths on Saturday at Ikpeshi Community in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.

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Source says the police convoy was said to have hit a motorcycle also known as ‘Okada’ and in the process the occupants died.

It was gathered that the policemen were in a Hilux escort of Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje, former member of the Edo State House of Assembly, when their convoy ran into the motorbike.

Irked by the accident, youths of the area were said to have invaded the Edo State Security Volunteer Network (vigilante) office, where the policemen were taken for custody, overran the facility and beat two of them to death.

Two of the policemen were said to be lucky as members of the vigilante group were able to rescue them.

They were said to be receiving treatment in a hospital and also recovered the rifles of the police officers.

The angry youths were said to have attacked the vigilante office and destroyed its furniture, while threatening to deal with their members who tried to rescue the police officers.

A police source disclosed that the affected officers were from Police Mobile Force 19, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“One Toyota Hilux van conveying 4 policemen namely Inspector Brownson Brown, Inspector Abubaka Fakkuk, Sergeant Taiye Ojiefo and Sergeant Elisha John, attached to Police Mobile Force 19 Port Harcourt were on escort duty with Hon Emmanuel Agbaje, a former Edo State House Assembly member was involved in an accident with a motorcycle conveying a woman and child by Ikpeshi community. In the process, the rider and passenger died on the spot and in reaction, angry youths attacked the policemen, beat Inspector Abubaka Fakku and Sergeant Elisha John to death while two others are receiving treatment at Ifejola hospital, Igarra,” he said.

The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident on Sunday but said more details would be made available to the public in due time.

Reacting to the incident, the chairman, Akoko-Edo Local Government Council, Hon Tajudeen Alade, condemned the “dastardly act by the youths”, just as he commended the efforts of the vigilante to save the life of the policemen.

He said those involved would be brought to book and promised support for the twin sister of one of the occupants of the motorcycle.

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