Four suspects linked to the murder of the Ahoada Divisional Police Officer in Rivers State, Superintendent Bako Angbashim, have been killed by policemen who busted their hideouts.
The development was made known on Tuesday by the state Commissioner of Police, Emeka Nwonyi, during a press briefing.
The CP also disclosed that men of the command arrested three members of the gang and recovered a locally-made pistol, but added that the prime suspect, Gift David, who captured and decapitated the police officer fled during a fierce gun battle with operatives in Odumude community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of the state.
According to the police boss, the suspects opened fire on operatives of the command who busted their hideouts, leading to the death of four of their members.
Nwonyi vowed that the police will ensure that the suspects, including the ones at large, are made to face the law.
He stated, “On September 10, 2023, at about 10:30hrs actionable intelligence revealed that a gang of notorious Iceland cultists, armed robbery suspects and kidnappers led by one Gift David Okpara, aka 2 Baba who led his notorious gang to brutally murder SP Bako Angbashim, the DPO of Ahoada on September 8, 2023 where in their hideout on Odumude forest in Ahoada West LGA.
“Following the information, a combined team of Command Tactical Operatives and Area Command, Ahoada stormed the forest in an effort to arrest the notorious hoodlums and possibly recover the corpse of the late officer.
“The hoodlums were battle-ready to inflict more injuries and casualties on police, immediately engaging the police in a fierce gun battle, during which four of the notorious hoodlums who are yet-to-be identified sustained fatal gun injuries while others escaped into the forest.
“The suspects were arrested and a locally made pistol was recovered from them. Meanwhile, the four notorious criminals who sustained injuries were rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for medical attention but were confirmed dead by the Doctor on duty. Operation is still ongoing, to be sustained to arrest the notorious gang leader and others.”