A team of policemen attached to the Ughelli Police Area Command in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State are in trouble after escaping an ambush laid by kidnappers in the area.
Whereas the policemen fought through the ambush laid by the kidnappers, they have, however, been issued with queries following insinuations that they were on illegal patrol.
Vanguard reported that the incident happened on Wednesday in a bushy area near Beta Glass Company in Ekakpamre community.
According to eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident, the policemen who were on routine patrol were taken off guard by the hoodlums who shot sporadically at the police team.
A security source from the command told Vanguard that the officers involved have been issued queries by the Ughelli Area Commander, Mr Lawal Shinkafi for allegedly embarking on illegal patrol.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “The policemen while on patrol, saw the vehicle parked in the bush. As security operatives, they alighted from their patrol vans for inspection unknowing to them that some gunmen were inside the vehicle.
“The policemen immediately docked and crawled on the ground while attempting to escape amidst the gunfire of the hoodlums who were dressed in suits. Unfortunately, they (hoodlums) fled into the bush with their target leaving behind the vehicle, a Benz ML350 with registration number EFR 487 TK.
“The vehicle has since been received to the command’s headquarters in Ughelli while an investigation into the matter is still ongoing.”
GWG reports that Delta State had recently been engulfed in a spate of kidnapping but the formation of a state organized vigilante force by the Ifeanyi Okowa administration has helped to lessen the spate of insecurity.