Police Confirm Killing of Personnel, Soldier by Gunmen in Delta

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Sylvester Idowu in Warri

The Delta State Police Command yesterday confirmed the killing of a policeman and a soldier by suspected gunmen at a military checkpoint at Oton area of Sapele.

The incident, THISDAY learnt, occurred last Sunday night.

It was gathered that the deceased were attacked by the bandits at their military post through the community river in speedboats.

Sources in the community claimed the gunmen had stormed the scene through the Oton River in Sapele in an attempt to kidnap some prominent persons in the area.

It was learnt that the operatives were repelling the bandits when gunshots from the gunmen killed the security agents.

THISDAY could not confirm if any of the bandits was killed during the attack, but sources disclosed that the attack caused tension in the community.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident.

She said: “Two security operatives were killed. We are investigating the incident but we are yet to arrest any suspect over the attack.”