Gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group have attacked a checkpoint manned by a Police detachment of the Quick Response Squad (QRS) in Akwa Ibom, thereby killing a Police Inspector, while others fleed the area as bullets were fired.
According to an eye witness named Nsibiet Idiong, the tragic incident occurred on Monday morning at Ikpe Annang junction in Essien Udim Local Government Area.
Idiong described the attack as an act of retaliation from the hoodlums who swooped on the checkpoint on motorcycles and started firing sporadically at the officers, who fled randomly, leaving the Police Inspector inside the van.
In his words, “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,” he explained.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Odiko Macdon, a Police Superintendent, confirmed the incident and assured that swift investigation had since been ordered by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Amiengheme Andrew.
Macdon said: “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,” he added.