herdsmen dressed in police uniform on Sunday at Ohoror community, Delta
State, was, Tuesday, discovered by locals in the community.
The Sunday clash between the police team and herdsmen was the second
in two weeks following an earlier clash, which occurred on January 23.
“We called the attention of the police when we found the lifeless
body of the policeman floating on the river close to the scene of the
clash,” a source in the community told Vanguard.
According to the source, who is an executive of the Ohoror community
executive, “the herdsmen, dressed in police uniform and armed with AK-47
and other dangerous weapons, engaged the security team drafted from the
Ughelli Area Command in a shootout, leaving an unspecified number of
policemen injured, while two were declared missing.”
It would be recalled that the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Zanna
Ibrahim, when contacted by Vanguard Monday, denied knowledge of the
incident stressing that “he would have been informed if such incident
truly occurred.” The state Police Public Relations Officer, Emeka
Aniamaka, could not give details of the incident when contacted.
However, a staff working at the morgue of the Ughelli Central
Hospital, where the corpse was deposited, disclosed that the “policeman
died from suffocation after he drowned in the muddy part of the river,
where he was found.”