PORT-HARCOURT, South-South, Nigeria – A Divisional Police Officer, (DPO), Bako Angbanshin, has been gruesomely murdered by gunmen in Rivers State, Port-Harcourt capital.
The incident occured in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the oil rich southern state.
The gunmen, suspected to be cultists, reportedly captured and dismembered the DPO.
The armed non state actors had laid in ambush for Angbanshin who was on an operation with other police officers to raid some criminal hideouts in Ahoada East axis.
According to a source who spoke in confidence under condition of anonymity for security reasons, said the cultists were armed to the teeth with about four sophisticated weapons and opened fire on sighting the operatives.
“There was a shootout for several minutes between the DPO-led men and 2Baba-led Iceland until the operatives ran out of bullets and ammunition”, Punch quoted the source as saying.
The source disclosed that while the other officers withdrew and fled, Angbanshin stood his ground and fought till the end.
It was gathered that while DPO Angbanshin attempted to flee, he had a muscle cramp and the cultists caught him alive and whisked him away.
However, a viral video which surfaced on Friday night showed Angbanshin’s head, hand and private part separated with several deep machete cuts.
The gunmen chanted victory songs while his charted and decomposing remains littered the floor.
One of the cultist while beaming torchlight on his face said in Pidgin English, “DPO, finally na you be dis. Now, how far? “You (referring to Angnanshin) dey challenge Iceland. Who are those men? Iceland, are they dangerous?”
Spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident . “Yes, it is true. I will make the details available Saturday, September 9, morning.