More gory details of how gunmen who attacked and unleashed terror on Okuta Elerinla Police Division, in Akure killing a police inspector in the process has emerged.
“Policemen who were at alert and alive to their duty repelled them accordingly and the miscreants were unable to gain
Nigeriacrime.com learned that inspector, Temenu Boluwaji was gunned down by the bandits, who stormed the Okuta Elerinla police station, at about 1 am on July 25th.
According to police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the gunmen came looking for arms and ammunition to steal for other planned operations.
The police officer, disclosed that ” about six of the gunmen came to the station around 1 am when they believed the policemen on duty would be weak or probably sleeping. They scaled through the fence to overpower the officers on duty.
” However, they met the station guard, on alert. The guards repelled the attack of the bandits who were coming to the station to steal arms and ammunition.
” One of the station guards rescued the suspects in the police custody, especially women and took them into safe custody while the others engaged the bandits.”
It was when the station guard was trying to see if there were others left that the hoodlums saw his touch light and shot directly at the light killing the inspector.
“The inspector later died on his way to the state hospital.
“There was no high profile suspect in the police custody at the station. They came looking for arms for other operations. But they were repelled.”
Confirming the attack, the State Command Public Relations Officer, Funmi Odunlami, said the incident, saying that “on the 25th July 2022 around 0100 am, hoodlums attacked Okuta Elerinla Division, in Akure.
“Policemen who were at alert and alive to their duty repelled them accordingly and the miscreants were unable to gain entrance into the station.
“During the crossfire, one of our gallant stations guards AP.207538 0INSPR. Temwnu Boluwaji was hit by a bullet, he later died on his way to the hospital.
Odunlami added that no arrest has been made but that the attackers would soon be apprehended.
Meanwhile, the state police Commissioner, Oyeyemi Oyediran, has ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case and ensure the perpetrators are arrested.
Oyediran appealed to ” the people of the state to go about their lawful duty without fear, as the days of these criminals are numbered.
In a related development, a police inspector attached to mining expatriates in Osun state was Sunday killed during a shootout with kidnappers attempting to abduct the foreigners.
It was gathered that the kidnappers waylaid two expatriates, their driver and their three police escorts at Aruwa village, via Ifewara around 7 am and started shooting at their vehicle.
The policemen fired back and during the exchange, the inspector was killed while one of the kidnappers was also gunned down.
Sources in the community disclosed that the shootout lasted for almost 20 minutes.”
Confirming the incident, Osun Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said an inspector was killed during the attack while a Sergeant in the team also killed one of the kidnappers and recovered his Ak-47 rifle numbered 97698 with 16 rounds of live ammunition, while another 32 rounds were recovered from the scene.
“The Divisional Police Officer, later mobilised policemen, and local hunters to the scene. The forest was combed and four suspects were arrested. Two Android mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.
“The Ak-47 rifle belonging to the killed inspector with rounds of live ammunition was carted away by some of the kidnappers. The bodies of the kidnappers and the policemen have been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ilesa for autopsy”, she said.