Suspected gunmen, said to be cultists, have attacked a Quick Response Squad (QRS) police checkpoint in Akwa Ibom, killing a police inspector, while others escaped after hearing the sound of bullets.
It was reported that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday at Ikpe Annang Junction in Essien Udim Local Government Area.
Community sources described the attack as retaliatory, saying the hoodlums on motorbikes stormed the checkpoint and charged at the officers at gunpoint, who fled indiscriminately, leaving the police inspector in the van.
” The attack we believe is a reprisal case because Police operatives have been terrorising hoodlums, armed robbers and other categories of criminals in the neighbouring Local Government Areas of Essien Udim, Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara.
“When the other Policemen escaped, the gunmen set the Hilux van on fire with the Policeman inside and perhaps, he must still have been sleeping when the armed men suddenly launched the attack, ” a source disclosed.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Odiko Macdon, a Superintendent of Police (SP), confirmed the incident and assured that the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Amiengheme Andrew, had ordered a speedy investigation.
According to him ” The Command has confirmed the news of the unfortunate incident at Ikpe Annang junction, which led to the death of one of our personnel.
“While the CP is saddened by this development and condoles with the deceased’ s family, he has ordered a discreet investigation and vowed to bring perpetrators to book. “