Obaseki visits scene of Afuze attack, condemns killing of police officers

…says no resources will be spared in apprehending culprits

…charges security agencies on immediate arrest, prosecution of killers

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday visited the Divisional Police Headquarters, Afuze, in Owan East Local Government Area of the state, which was attacked by yet-to-be identified bandits, who killed four police officers and blew up the police facility with Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Obaseki condemned the attack and promised that the culprits will be arrested and made to face justice.

“We have not gotten this lawless in Edo State, that people can go to the extent of attacking police officers at their station. I have ordered the release of all the resources required to apprehend and bring the culprits face-to-face with justice,” he said.

“Our hearts are with the families of the deceased and we will stand by them in these difficult moments. I have ordered the immediate refurbishment of the police facility for policing to continue in Afuze and environs,” the governor added.

Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Danmallam Muhammed, said his men are working round the clock to apprehend the culprits.

He called on citizens to assist the police with information and report suspicious activities in their neighbourhood to the police.

According to reports, the gunmen attacked the Police Divisional Headquarters on Tuesday night, killing the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and three others.

A resident of Afuze town, said that the gunmen arrived the station with Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which they detonated before leaving the facility.

He added that most of the vehicles parked at the station were destroyed.

The resident said after the attack on the station, the gunmen went to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the local government where they destroyed police vehicles parked at the premises.

Obaseki visits scene of Afuze attack, condemns killing of police officers
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (2nd right); and Commissioner of Police In-Charge of Elections in Edo State, Danmallam Muhammed, during the governor’s visit to the Nigerian Police Divisional Headquarters, Afuze, in Owan East Local Government Area, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The attack was carried out on Tuesday night.

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