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Police Nab 8 Suspects Over Murder Of Its Officers In Delta

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IGP Select Deputy FPRO, State PPROs

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested eight persons in connection with the gruesome murder of six of its men in Delta State.

According to the police, the officers, who were on duty in the Ughelli community of the state, were killed on February 23 and 26, and six of them are still missing.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest of the eight persons in a statement on Saturday.

Adejobi said: “The Nigeria Police Force has made significant progress in the investigation into the tragic incident that occurred in Ughelli, Delta State on 23rd February, 2023, where officers on a fact-finding mission were ambushed, and 26th February, 2023, where other officers on a rescue mission were also ambushed, resulting in the death of six policemen, while six others are still missing in action.”

The Force PRO said the suspects were apprehended at different locations following investigations.

“Following intensive investigative efforts, the police have apprehended eight (8) suspects in connection with the brutal ambush attack. Five (5) suspects were initially arrested shortly after the incident, and an additional three (3) suspects have been apprehended, at different locations, following the statements and cooperation of the initially arrested suspects, bringing the total number of arrests to eight (8),” he said.

“The arrested suspects are currently in custody and are assisting with the ongoing investigation. While the Nigeria Police Force is committed to ensuring that all those responsible for this reprehensible act, and many alike, are brought to justice swiftly and decisively. The Police assure that the suspects will soon have their day in court, with credible evidence, once investigations are concluded.

“The Nigeria Police is deeply saddened by the heinous act of violence against our officers who were diligently performing their duty to protect and serve the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen officers during this difficult time.

“We wish to reiterate that killers of our officers in this extant case, and many others, have murdered peace, and none of them will go unpunished.”

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