In a tragic turn of events, the Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria, has been gripped by fear and turmoil following the brutal murder of its Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Superintendent Bako Angbashim. The shocking incident, perpetrated by a group of cultists, has prompted swift action from both the government and law enforcement agencies.
On a fateful day, cultists unleashed terror in the peaceful community of Ahoada East, leaving behind a trail of bloodshed and chaos. Superintendent Bako Angbashim, a dedicated police officer, fell victim to this senseless violence. The cultists not only killed him but also decapitated his lifeless body. This horrific act sent shockwaves throughout the region and posed a grave threat to the area’s security.
Government’s Response: A Bounty and Emergency Meeting
Rivers State Governor, Siminalaye Fubara, reacted swiftly to the gruesome murder of Superintendent Angbashim. Expressing his deep concern over the incident, he announced a substantial N100 million bounty on the prime suspect, Gift Okpara Okpolowu, widely known as “2baba.” .
In response to the escalating violence, Governor Fubara convened an emergency security council meeting at Government House in Port Harcourt. The meeting, attended by high-ranking officials from various security agencies, aimed to assess the situation and devise a plan to restore peace and order to the troubled area. The Governor emphasized that Rivers State would not tolerate criminal activities within its borders.
Law Enforcement’s Determined Pursuit
Commissioner of Police for Rivers State, Nwonyi Emeka, led a determined effort to bring the killers to justice. Along with his management team and tactical units, Emeka initiated an operation in the Odumude community, the epicenter of the violence. During this operation, six suspects were apprehended, and significant items, including a locally crafted pistol and various charms, were seized.
As a result of these developments, the Odumude community had to be evacuated, with residents fleeing for safety. Emeka also assigned a new DPO, Superintendent Zuokumor Richard, to the division. Richard’s mission was to conduct a thorough search of the area, locate the culprits responsible for the DPO’s death, recover his body, and retrieve any operational weapons used in the gruesome act.
Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, expressed his condolences to Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Nwonyi Emeka, and the bereaved family of Superintendent Angbashim. He acknowledged the tragic loss of a courageous officer who had valiantly fought to protect the Odumude community.
Dr. Arase also emphasized that the murder of Superintendent Angbashim would not deter the indomitable spirit of police officers across the nation in their ongoing battle against criminal elements. He pledged unwavering support from the Police Service Commission to ensure that the perpetrators were captured and brought to justice.
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