There was a brutal assault on the police in Edo State Sunday after a band of gunmen killed four officers attached to Sabongida-Ora Division at the road intersection between Oke-Ora and Avbiosi in Owan West Local Government Area of the state.
The policemen, who were on patrol, were reportedly ambushed by the unknown assailants who shot them when they were about to alight from their Toyota Hilux van, before proceeding to set the van ablaze with the bodies inside. Their weapons were reportedly taken away after the dastardly attack, Vanguard writes.
Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Owan West Local Government Area, Mr. Frank Ilaboya, said: “From information available to me, the policemen were about to alight from their vehicle when the assailants opened fire on them.
“They were said to have set the patrol vehicle ablaze and took away their guns. I cannot confirm whether they were armed robbers or not.
“As I speak with you, the communities in the area are in total confusion. However, I have convened an emergency security meeting for this afternoon (yesterday) to look at the issue because there is no eyewitness to give an account of what really happened,” he said.