A group of gunmen suspected to be cultists are reported to have ambushed and killed two policemen on Wednesday night at Botem community of Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State. The incident was said to have occurred around 9:45 pm when the hoodlums ambushed the policemen who were on their way to Ogoniland after being deployed there ahead of the general elections.
According to Punch, It was gathered that the officers were stripped and shot at close range by the hoodlums who escaped with their rifles before operatives from Tai Police Division arrived at the scene. A source close to the family of one of the policemen said, “They were deployed from Port Harcourt to Ogoni on Wednesday and while on their way some bandits attacked them. The wife of one of the deceased just put to bed and I don’t know how the family will cope with this development; it is really painful.” The incident was confirmed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni. He said: “I can confirm that two of our men were killed along the Ogoni axis of East-West Road in Botem, Tai LGA. It was an ambush; the CP has since ordered an investigation into the incident. We are also getting some clues as to the identities of those behind the cruel act. The two policemen were sergeants.”