By Efemena Purity.
There is a palpable tension in Ughelli as suspected armed robbers shot dead two police officers attached to the Ughelli Area Command in Delta State, while one other is currently in critical condition.
According to sources, the incidence occured at Ekredjebor community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.
Though the report is sketchy, it was learnt that the police officers had a gun battle with the suspected armed robbers at Okoruwe street by Winners junction, Ekredjebor- community on Friday night and their arms were allegedly taken by the robbers.
The officers, one Ujeyah Matthew, Sgt. Ijebu and one other whose identify could not be ascertained, were attacked.
A source from the area who raised alarm said, “Heavy gunshots along Ekredjebor road, Ughelli, by Okoruwe street (Winners) junction. Two men, suspected to be policemen, could be seen lying lifeless on the road, just by the speed breaker.
“They were gunned down by men suspected to be robbers; none of the deceased officers had guns with them, an indication that the criminals may have gone away with their riffles.”
A detachment of policemen and members of the Vigilante are now at the scene. The unfortunate incident happened along Ekredjebor road, near Sokaje hotel, Ughelli,”. the anonymous source revealed.
It could be recalled that nearly three weeks ago, precisely April 27, a police inspector, Ifeanyi was reportedly abducted and his corpse was discovered after nearly 24hrs in Evwreni forest.
Though the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Bright Edafe could not be reached at the time of this report, but senior security source from the State Command who confirmed the incident said, “Two Police Officers were shot dead, while one Sgt. Ijebu is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.