Gunmen Attack: Injured Policemen Cry For Help

Two policemen who said they were wounded in a gun battle with gunmen at Octopus checkpoint in Igwuruta last Tuesday, April 9, have cried out to the Police Authorities for help.

Speaking to our reporter, one of the men who craved anonymity said that after the incident, his commander and other officers rushed him to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) adding that they had been left to their fate.

The officers narrated that after bringing them to the hospital; the police authorities have not reached them or paid for their medical expenses adding that his wife had been taking care of the bills from her meager income.

He said “On Tuesday April 9, 2019 at about 22.00 hrs while we were at Octopus Checkpoint at Igwuruta, some unidentified men in two Hilux and one Highlander which we thought were policemen started firing at us. I managed to escape with gun injuries only for me to come out and see that two persons had been gunned down.

I called my base and reported the incident. My Commander and other officers came and rushed me to UPTH and deposited others at the morgue. Since that Tuesday night till now, nobody has come to see or ask me how I am doing. My wife has used up her business money for buying drugs and other things the hospital management had been using to treat me.”

He appealed to the Police and the Rivers State government to come to his rescue, stressing that he was suffering in pains at the hospital.

When contacted on phone to speak on the matter, the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni did not answer his calls, nor respond to the text message sent to him.

However, the PPRO had earlier stated that the police were on the trail of the hoodlums who perpetrated the act.

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