**Police Vow to Pursue and Prosecute Killers of DPO in Rivers State**Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The Rivers State Police Command has declared its determination to apprehend and prosecute the gunmen responsible for the ambush and killing of Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Bako Angbanshin in Odumude community, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state on Friday night.
According to police reports, Angbanshin had led a team of officers to conduct a raid on criminal hideouts in the area. However, while returning from the operation, the team was ambushed by gunmen believed to be cultists.
Commissioner for Police Emeka Nwonyi provided details of the incident in a statement released by the Command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, on Saturday morning.
Nwonyi explained that the miscreants attacked the officers, forcing Angbanshin’s men to retreat due to a lack of ammunition. Unfortunately, during the attack, Angbanshin sustained fatal injuries and was captured by the gunmen who subsequently caused his death.
The statement recounted the events, stating, “In an unfortunate incident on the evening of September 8, 2023, the DPO of Ahoda 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 black spots 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.”
Efforts to rescue Angbashim and recover his body were hindered by the darkness within the dense bush where the ambush occurred. The police sought assistance from the Nigerian Army, but they were unable to make progress due to the challenging conditions.
While extending condolences to Angbashim’s family, the Commissioner of Police vowed to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice, stating, “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of SP Bako Angbashim and all those affected by this distressing incident.”