The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Nwonyi Polycarp Emeka, has expressed determination to bring the killers of the DPO of Ahoada Division, SP Bako Angbashim to justice.
Nwonyi, while confirming the incident in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, on Saturday, also assured members of the public that an extensive investigation was on to uncover the circumstances surrounding the disheartening incident.
In the statement titled; “Rivers killing: We will not rest until justice is served -CP, Vows to Oust Killers of DPO in Rivers, Ensure Diligent Investigations” the CP described Bako’s murder as unfortunate and sent condolences to his family and all those affected by the tragic event.
Nwonyi explained that, “In an unfortunate incident on 8th of September 23, 2023, the DPO of Ahoda Division, SP Bako Angbashim, displayed exemplary courage during a mission to combat criminal activities in the Odumude Area of Ahoada East Local Government Area in Rivers State.
“SP Bako Angbashim, alongside his dedicated team, embarked on a raid of known criminal blackspots in the region. The operation led to a pursuit of criminals from their concealed hideouts. Tragically, as they were returning from this operation, they were ambushed by a significant number of criminals who opened fire on the brave officers.
“In the face of this adversity, SP Bako Angbashim valiantly held his ground, while his men, depleted of ammunition, made a tactical retreat. Regrettably, during this engagement, SP Bako Angbashim sustained fatal injuries, and one of his informants was also injured, currently receiving medical care for a gunshot wound.”
He said, “The criminals seized the body of SP Bako Angbashim, forcing the remaining officers to return to their base for reinforcement. Efforts were made to rescue and recover the DPO’s body, with assistance sought from the Army teams stationed at FOB Base Etraco. However, the operation proved challenging due to the extremely dark conditions within the dense bush.
“The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Nwonyi Polycarp Emeka, PhD, has expressed deep determination to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice. An extensive investigation is currently underway to uncover the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of SP Bako Angbashim and all those affected by this distressing incident.”