According to report, the incident took place around 9:45 pm when the gunmen attacked the policemen who were on their way to Ogoniland after being deployed there ahead of Saturday’s (today) general elections. A further report revealed that two sergeants were stripped by the cult members before they were shot at close range, and their rifles were taken away by the assailants. The hoodlums were said to have taken to their heels before operatives from Tai Police Division arrived at the scene.
A source close to the family of one of the policemen attacked 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 State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni while confirming the incident stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Belel, had ordered an investigation into the killing of the policemen. “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,” he said.He called on a member of the public to provide the police and sister security agencies with vital information that can help to apprehend the suspects. Meanwhile, ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Commissioner, Belel, has warned politicians against going to polling units on Election Day with their security details or orderlies. “They are also warned to desist from moving from one place to another on Saturday (today) as provided by the Electoral Act,” Belel said, adding that 15,544 security personnel had been deployed to various parts of the state. The CP assured that the polling units across the state will be covered and protected during the elections.A police service (usually known as garda in the Republic of Ireland and often known colloquially as the cops) is a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Their powers include the power of arrest and the legitimized use of force. The term is most commonly associated with police services of a sovereign state that are authorized to exercise the police power of that state within a defined legal or territorial area of responsibility. Police forces are often defined as being separate from military or other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors; however, gendarmerie are military units charged with civil policing. The police force is usually a public sector service, funded through taxes.Law enforcement is only part of policing activity. Policing has included an array of activities in different situations, but the predominant ones are concerned with the preservation of order. In some societies, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, these developed within the context of maintaining the class system and the protection of private property. Police forces have become ubiquitous in modern societies. Some are involved to varying degrees in corruption, police brutality and the enforcement of authoritarian rule.Alternative names for a police force include constabulary, gendarmerie, police department, police service, crime prevention, protective services, law enforcement agency, civil guard or civic guard. Members may be referred to as police officers, troopers, sheriffs, constables, rangers, peace officers or civic/civil guards. The word police is most universal and can be seen in many non-English speaking countries.
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