A police inspector and two rank and files attached to Delta State Police Command in Asaba, Delta State, were at the weekend attacked at a check-point by suspected bandits who carted away two rifles.The victims were reportedly said to be manning the NIPPI Point at Inter-bau Roundabout by ASCON Filling Station in Asaba where they were attacked by the bandits.
In a shocking reaction, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke, denied that the incident ever happened, saying: “It is not true. How come you’re confirming to me?”
Meanwhile, a source revealed that the policemen at the checkpoint actually comprised seven-man team but only five reported for duty that very day. And that while the five officers were manning the point, one Sergeant Azuka called the team leader to send the vehicle to the State Headquarters to convey someone to Area Command’s Quarter which made the patrol van driver and one officer to leave the duty post. Victims at the time of the attack were said to have sustained deep machete cuts from the hoodlums who allegedly disarmed two of the police officers.
Also, another reliable source said the bandits attacked the policemen about 15 minutes after the patrol van left with the driver and one of the officers, leaving only three officers behind at the NIPPI Point.The only lucky one of them was the police corporal who was said to have escaped with his own rifle but also suffered machete cuts in his hand.