Dada Christopher has been identified as the police corporal who was shot dead in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Friday night.
NigerianEye had reported how gunmen opened fire on some policemen in Ibadan.
In a statement on Saturday, Olugbenga Fadeyi, the state’s police public relations officer (PPRO), said two policemen attached to the divisional police headquarters, Ikolaba, were attacked opposite the station.
“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu wishes to state that the Ikolaba Police station was not attacked, but at about 2100hrs of 21st August 2020, two Policemen attached to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ikolaba, Ibadan Oyo State who were at the opposite side of the road to the Police station were attacked by hoodlums in an unidentified moving vehicle who opened fire on them,” Fadeyi said.
“Consequent upon this, one Cpl Dada Christopher was hit by the pellets at the right side of the rib and he died on the spot, while Inspr Busuyi Ayodele was also hit at his back and he sustained an injury, while he was subsequently rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention. The station guard AK-47 rifle with 24 rounds of ammunition was taken away by the hoodlums.
“The police station was not attacked. Immediately, the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he gave the marching order to all police tactical teams, including Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Swift Response Squad (SRS), SKYNET, Federal and Safer Highway patrol teams, Puff Adder team, among others, to go after the hoodlums.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations also went there immediately for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident and all police teams were put on red alert.”
He said efforts have been intensified to arrest the hoodlums, adding that the police will not relent in its duty to protect the people.
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