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RIVERS: DPO killed during shootout with cult group

THE divisional police officer for Rivers State’s Ahoada Division, SP Bako Angbashim, was killed in the line of duty.

The shooting that took place in the small hours of Tuesday followed allegations of a gunfight in the Odeimude village in Ahoada East between police officers on duty and members of a known cult organization.

According to sources with knowledge of the incident, SP Bako and his men were engaged in a fierce gun battle with a notorious local cult leader named 2baba when they reportedly ran out of ammunition. Without reinforcements, the policemen beat a tactical retreat, but unfortunately the DPO who had sustained gunshot wounds during the exchange was captured by the cultists, while a police informant who was injured is being treated in an undisclosed location.

The mutilated bones of Bako could be seen in a graphic film that is thought to have been distributed by the cultists, and a voice mocking him could be heard.

SP Bako had previously worked in Ogoni’s Khana LGA, where he was well-known for frequently attending events barefoot.

In a statement released by the Rivers State Police Command and signed by the Command’s PRO Grace Iringe-Koko, the police vowed to track down the murderers and bring them to justice.

The statement reads, “Rivers killing: We will not rest until justice is served…………
In an unfortunate incident on 8th of September ,2023, the DPO of Ahoada Division, SP Bako Angbashim, displayed exemplary courage during a mission to combat criminal activities in the Odumude Area of Ahoada East Local Government Area in Rivers State.

“SP Bako Angbashim, alongside his dedicated team, embarked on a raid of known criminal blackspots in the region. The operation led to a pursuit of criminals from their concealed hideouts. Tragically, as they were returning from this operation, they were ambushed by a significant number of criminals who opened fire on the brave officers.

In the face of this adversity, SP Bako Angbashim valiantly held his ground, while his men, depleted of ammunition, made a tactical retreat. Regrettably, during this engagement, SP Bako Angbashim sustained fatal injuries, and one of his informants was also injured, currently receiving medical care for a gunshot wound.

“The criminals seized the body of SP Bako Angbashim, forcing the remaining officers to return to their base for reinforcement. Efforts were made to rescue and recover the DPO’s body, with assistance sought from the Army teams stationed at FOB Base Etraco.

“However, the operation proved challenging due to the extremely dark conditions within the dense bush.

“The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Nwonyi Polycarp Emeka, PhD, has expressed deep determination to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice.

“An extensive investigation is currently underway to uncover the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of SP Bako Angbashim and all those affected by this distressing incident.”

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