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Two Police Officers Murdered by Mob After Convoy Tragedy

Two policemen were on Saturday beaten to death in Ikpeshi, a community in Akoko-Edo local government area, as a result of their convoy hitting a motorcycle, which resulted in the deaths of the rider and the passengers.

On Sunday, it was gathered that the policemen were in a Hilux as escort to a former member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Emmanuel Agbaje, when the convoy ran into the motorbike.

Irate youths were said to have invaded the Edo State Security Volunteer Network (vigilante) office where the policemen were taken to for protective custody, overran the facility, and beat two of them to death, while members of the vigilante group were able to rescue the two others who are said to be receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital. The rifles of the police officers were also recovered.

The angry youths were said to have attacked the vigilante office and destroyed its furniture while threatening to deal with their members who tried to rescue the police officers.

A police source disclosed that the affected officers were from Police Mobile Force 19, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The source said, “One Toyota Hilux van conveying four policemen namely Inspector Brownson Brown, Inspector Abubakar Fakkuk, Sergeant Taiye Ojiefo and Sergeant Elisha John attached to Police Mobile Force 19 Port Harcourt on escort duty with Hon Emmanuel Agbaje former Edo State House Assembly member was involved in an accident with a motorcycle conveying a woman and child by Ikpeshi community.

“In the process, the rider and passengers died on the spot, and in reaction, an angry mob attacked the policemen, beat Abubaka Fakku and Elisha John to death while two others are receiving treatment at Ifejola Hospital Igarra.”

The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident on Sunday but said details would be made available to the public in due course.

Reacting to the incident, the chairman of Akoko-Edo local government area, Hon Tajudeen Alade condemned the dastardly act by the youths and commended the efforts of the vigilantes to save the lives of the policemen.

He said those involved would be brought to justice and promised support for the twin sister of one of the passengers on the motorcycle.

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