2 policemen brutalized during conflict resolution

Two police officers caught in a web of bloody violence executed by hoodlums in Akoko-Edo Local government Area of Edo State have been allegedly hospitalized.

It was leant that the brutalized policemen are orderlies to a former member of Edo State House of Assembly who represented Akoko-Edo Constituency II.

The attack occurred during a peace meeting to reconcile aggrieved indigenes of Ikpeshi in Akoko-Edo Local government Area of the State.

The conflict, which began few months ago, led to the burnt palace of tradition ruler the Oja Community, prompted Governor Godwin Obaseki to read the riot act against criminal elements who attacked security agents at a funeral ceremony in the neighboring Ojah Community recently.

Briefing journalists after a security Council meeting where the security situation in the State was reviewed in Government House in Be in City, Obaseki ordered the compulsory verification of all vigilante operatives in the State.

Confirming Friday March 1, 2024 attack on two police officers, Mr Okolo Jonathan Okhavhe, media Aide to the Chairman of Akoko-Edo Local government Council, Mr Tajudeen Alade Suleman said the intervention of the Council boss, acting on a distressed calls, and invited police and military personnel to intervene in the violence, averted what would have resulted in multiple casualties.

The Council official in a statement on Friday March 1, 2024, said Agbaje was accused by some angry youths of using his vehicle to knock down some persons on the road way to the Community meeting without showing empathy to injured youths, a development that some youths who stormed the venue for the meeting and unleashed mayhem.

The Media Aide to the Council Chairman gave the Convener of the meeting as ‘Hon. Alade Esq’, called off the meeting immediately when violence broke out.

Mr Okhavhe explained that injured policemen whose names are yet-to-be made public, were evacuated to an undisclosed medical facility in the Council area for urgent treatment.

The statement quoted Akoko-Edo President of hunters, Mr Sunday Emmanuel as saying that three rifles were allegedly recovered from the hoodlums on the directive of the Council boss during the incident.

According to the statement, “The swift response of the Council Chairman through the Ikpeshi gallant vigilantes and hunters led to the rescue of two police officers.

“This prompted the angry mob to pull down their windows and doors in search of the rescued officers, as one of the policemen is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Igarra.

“It is however regrettable that two of the policemen were unlucky as they were lynched by the miscreants who took laws into their hands in the Community”, according to him.

TheNewspad reports that the incident has ben reported at the Police Division at Igarra, Administrative headquarters of the Council for investigation.

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