Gunmen rain bullets on police team, kill Inspector, steal weapons in Rivers

Joseph Mukan, Rivers State Police Commissioner

Okafor Ofiebor/ Port Harcourt

A Police Inspector has been killed while his colleagues are battling to survive as a result of an attack inflicted on them by yet to be identified gunmen on Sunday at Captain Amangala street, in the Borokiri axis of Port  Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

Eyewitnesses said about 17 gunmen were involved in the attack on the police team which took place around 8.30 pm on Sunday.

Residents of the area were forced to run for cover as the gunmen rained bullets on the vehicle of the policemen in an obviously well planned attack.

It  was learnt that after shooting the officers, the gunmen took advantage of the ensuing commotion to cart unspecified quantity of arms and ammunition belonging to the Police.

Police sources claimed that the killers came in through Orupolo waterfront where they anchored their waiting speedboats.

The reason for the seeming unprovoked attack on the police is not known as at the time of filing in this story.

But some sources claimed that the attackers may have been either oil thieves, otherwise known as ‘Kponfire’ or the hoodlums they sponsored in revenge against alleged extortions by the police because of their illegal trade.

When contacted, the Rivers State Police Command Public Relations Officer SP Nnamdi Omoni said: “I can confirm the unfortunate and mindless attack last night on our Personnel from Borikiri Division, posted on a Pin-Down Point at Captain Amangala Junction, Borokiri, Port Harcourt.

“While on duty unknown gunmen numbering about Seventeen (17) launched a surprise attack on them, leading to the death of an Inspector of Police, while others sustained gunshot wounds.

“The Police Patrol vehicle belonging to the team was riddled with bullet holes. The corpse of the late Inspector has been evacuated and deposited in mortuary for autopsy.

“In the meantime,  the CP Joseph Mukan Commissioner of Police Rivers State has ordered serious manhunt for the perpetrators, with the marching order to all the Tactical Units to identify and apprehend them without delay. The area is under close monitoring.”


  1. The president took an oath to protect lives and property of its citizens without partiality.

    One way to do this, is by periodically calling Governors and CPs to review the security architectures of various states.

    In some arguments, states have alleged that, Abuja control of state policing is affecting quick response and has clamour for state policing. Now if state policing is the answer, who gives the go ahead for state policing?

    We have also seen the relocation of companies H.Qtrs from the south south thus increasing unemployment and criminality, who signs and approves these relocations?

    Again, tanker explosion and accidents on our roads are becoming a daily occurrence, deaths by oil tanker trucks are now higher than Covid-19 related deaths, who will give a marching order to end this movement of fuel by trucks on our roads, who will call for a safe alternative?

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  2. Nigeria is begging for leadership. The President has time after time proven that he doesn’t have the capacity to rule Nigeria.

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    Needless staying in power for the sake of answering the commander in chief and Nigeria will be going to the Golgotha.

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    1. You blame the president for every criminality because of your inability to properly conceive the societal decay that has led up to an upsurge in crime everywhere. More than 50 persons are Murdered in Chicago daily and I’ve yet seen anyone blame Pres Trump for those murders.

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